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Termination of the Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China, Gulf of Pecheli.  Imperial China sceneries in 19th century.

Termination of the Great Wall of China, Gulf of Pecheli.

Termination of the Great Wall of China.

The Gulf of Pecheli during a Typhoon.

In a previous description of the Great Wall of China, the particular view here given is alluded to and described. There the only genuine drawings of this extraordinary work of art, that have ever been brought to Europe, are distinctly spoken of, and, from that description, the peculiarities of the present, the most interesting because the least known and most authentic, may be gathered. Continue reading

Se Tseaou Shan, or “The Western Seared Hills”.

Guangxi. Se Tseaou Shan.  Mount Huangshan. Ancient China architecture. Chinese Landscape.

Se Tseaou Shan, or “The Western Seared Hills”.

Se Tseaou Shan, or “The Western Seared Hills” of Guangxi.

About one hundred miles west from the city of Canton, a mountain group arises, as remarkable for the actual area which it occupies, as for the vast number of its abrupt and pointed summits. The eternal resting-place of clouds, it becomes the parent of many rivers, contributing also to swell the volume of the navigable and fertilizing Se-keang. Continue reading

Ancient China. The Cataract of Shih Tan, Yangtze River.

Ancient China Landscape. The Cataract of Shih Tan, Yangtze River.

The Cataract of Shih Tan.

The Cataract of Shih Tan.

The western parts of Kiang-nan, bordering upon the inland province of Hou-Quang, are mountainous, arid, and sterile. Fruitful in rivers, their waters are with difficulty approached, not only from the ruggedness of their rocky beds, but the great depths also to which these have been worn by the eternal action of the falling volume. Continue reading

The Bridge of Nanjing. Ancient China sceneries.

The Bridge of Nanjing. Ancient China architecture. Chinese Landscape.

The Bridge of Nanjing.

The Bridge of Nanjing.

It has been previously stated in the pages of these volumes, that Nanjing is not seated immediately on the banks of the Yang-tse-kiang, but at the distance of three miles from them, and connected with that noble river by a wide and deep canal; so considerable, indeed, is this artificial navigation, which continues parallel to the west and south walls of the city, at a trifling interval only, that the bridges thrown across it are works of much architectural pretensions. Near where the Porcelain Tower formerly stood, the largest and principal bridge of Nanjing spans the main trunk of the canal, forming a communication between an extensive suburb, and the west gate of the city. It consists of six well-turned arches of unequal width, and is altogether a scientific work, being kept down nearly to a level with the banks at either extremity. Continue reading

The Imperial Travelling Palace at the Hoo kew shan.

China Imperial Palace. Ancient Chinese landscape.  天堂行宫(虎丘山上的宫殿)

The Imperial Travelling Palace at the Hoo kew shan

The Imperial Travelling Palace at the Hoo kew shan, Henan Province.

Jupiter descended occasionally from Olympus, and became the guest of mortals, and the king of Tartarus emerged from his gloomy hall to visit the palace of Queen Ceres, yet the mighty autocrat of the “Celestial empire” never deigns to enter any save an imperial habitation. No private palace of his humiliated mandarins’ no public inn of his enslaved subjects, is ever honoured by the imperial presence; when the court makes a tour of pleasure or policy, the retinue is lodged at “travelling palaces” erected for their reception. These occur along the great high-roads that connect the principal cities of the empire, and some of them exceed in sumptuousness, all in picturesque accompani’ ments, the much-celebrated palace and gardens of Peking. Continue reading