Excerpt from A Journey Through the Chinese Empire, Vol. 1 of 2 The Author of these volumes is already favorably kwn to the English public, by his Travels in Tartary and Thibet, but the present work is one of greater interest and importance than the former. M. Hue has enjoyed such opportunities of becoming acquainted with China as have scarcely fallen to the lot of any European before. During the journey here recorded - a journey through the very heart of the Empire, from the frontiers of Thibet to Canton - he stood under the immediate protection of the Emperor, traveling in all the pride and pomp of a high Government functionary, attended humbly by Mandarins, and surrounded by a military escort, and he was brought into constant and intimate relation with persons of the highest rank in the country. During a previous residence of less than fourteen years in various parts of China, he had been in habits of familiar intercourse with all classes, but more especially with the poor, and while laboring in his vocation in obscurity and secrecy, had looked into the domestic life, and watched the working of the hidden mechanism of society in that mysterious Empire still so imperfectly kwn, though extending over a surface greater than that of all Europe, and comprising a population of one-third of the human race. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.