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The names and headstones of Soong Ching Ling Memorial Park

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WenHuiBao , 1938

Tales of Old Shanghai


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Tales of Old China

Welcome. This website stores words and images from Old China, mostly the era between 1840 to 1950 when China and the West were struggling to come to terms with each other. It is the contrasts and cultural clashes between the two worlds that are at the heart of this website, and we hope you enjoy what we have collected. The links on the left, under the Oriental damsel, will lead you through the site. The buttons on the right suggest some of the content we like best. The library contains the full texts of books from and about Old China. The Postcard archive has hundreds of images, fully searchable. Also, please look at the Money page.

This site will never be finished. We add to it when we have time. If you would like to contribute material, or help in the maintenance of the site, please contact us.

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The three leading characteristics of Pekin are its odour, its dust in dry weather, and its mud after rain. The cleanliness introduced by the Allies did wonders towards allaying the stench; and I do not think that any place in the world, short of an alkali desert, can heat the dust of the Long Valley. But though I have seen 'dear, dirthy Dublin' in wet weather, have waded through the slush of Aldershot, and had certainly marvelled at the mire of Hsin-ho, yet never have I gazed on aught to equal the depth, the intensity, and the consistency of the awful mud of Pekin. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale golf nfl jerseys Wholesale jordan shoes cheap wholesale clothing cheap wholesale jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Buy Replica Handbags Cheap nfl jerseys Discount Mbt shoes wholesale news from china

Capt. Gordon Casserly from his book "The Land of the Boxers",