China: A Popular History, with a Chronological Account of the Most Remarkable Events from the Earliest Period to the Present Day

Blackwood, 1857 - 231 pagina's

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Pagina 139 - In order to have this gratification (which is considered as an instance of uncommon favour), we rose this morning at three o'clock and went to the palace, where we waited, mixed with all the great officers of state for three hours (such is the etiquette of the place), till the Emperor's appearance. At last he came forth, borne in the usual manner by sixteen persons on a high open palankeen, attended by guards, music, standards, and umbrellas without number, and, observing us as we stood in the front...
Pagina 139 - ... graciously beckoned us to approach, having ordered his people to stop ; he entered into conversation with us, and, with great affability of manner, told us that he was on his way to the pagoda, where he usually paid his morning devotions ; that as we professed a different religion from his he would not ask us to accompany him, but that he had ordered his first minister and chief Colaos to conduct us through his garden, and to show us whatever we were desirous of seeing there.
Pagina 44 - In one of the principal towns of China, we were for some time in communication with a lettered Chinese, who appeared extremely well disposed to embrace Christianity. We had several conferences together, and we studied carefully the most important and difficult points of doctrine, and finally, by way of complement to our oral instruction, we read some of the best books. Our dear Catechumen. admitted, without any exception...
Pagina 185 - Custom-house officers — will entirely cease ; and the most peremptory Proclamation to all English merchants has been already issued on this subject by the British Plenipotentiary, who will also instruct the different Consuls to strictly watch over, and carefully scrutinize, the conduct of all persons, being British subjects, trading under his superintendence.
Pagina 142 - I do not much admire. Artificial rocks and ponds, with gold and silver fish, are, perhaps, too often introduced ; and the monstrous porcelain figures of lions and tigers, usually placed before the pavilions, are displeasing to an European eye. But these are trifles of no great moment ; and I am astonished that now, after six hours' critical survey of these gardens, I can scarcely recollect any thing besides to find fault with.
Pagina 152 - Noah's ark, and which represent the rude and coarse constructions of the remotest ages, to the fragile planks upon which a solitary leper hangs upon the outskirts of society — boats of every form and applied to every purpose, — exhibit an incalculable amount of population, which may be called amphibious, if not aquatic. Not only are land and water crowded with Chinese, but many dwell on artificial islands which float upon the lakes, — islands with gardens and houses raised upon the rafters...
Pagina 140 - I accompanied the ministers and other great calaos of the court to a pavilion prepared for us, from whence, after a short collation, we set out on horseback to view this wonderful garden. We rode about three miles through a very beautiful park, kept in the highest order, and much resembling...
Pagina 73 - thank you;" and he then let go the cat, who made her escape pretty quickly, and we continued our route. To say the truth, we had not at all understood the proceeding ; but we did not wish to question the little pagan, lest he should find out that we were Europeans by our ignorance. As soon as...
Pagina 141 - Brown or Mr. Hamilton, I should have sworn they had drawn their happiest ideas from the rich sources which I have tasted this day ; for in the course of a few hours I have enjoyed such vicissitudes of rural delight, as I did not conceive could be felt out of England, being at different moments enchanted...
Pagina 61 - Journal of the Embassy to China," by Henry IQlis, wo read that the dress of ceremony of the mandarins consists of blue gauze or crape, with some flowered satin beneath, and that it is plain and not unbecoming. An embroidered badge marking their rank, whether civil or military, is fixed upon their robe either before or behind. The peacock's feather, or more properly tail of peacock's feather, answering to our orders of knighthood, is worn behind. Two of these are equivalent to the garter.

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