Three Years' Wanderings in the Northern Provinces of China: Including a Visit to the Tea, Silk, and Cotton Countries; with an Account of the Agriculture and Horticulture of the Chinese, New Plants, Etc

J. Murray, 1847 - 406 sider

Three Years' Wanderings in the Northern Provinces of China : Including a Visit to the Tea, Silk, And Cotton Countries: With an Account of the Agriculture of the Chinese, New Plants, Etc by Robert Fortune, first published in 1847, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation.

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Robert Fortune (1813-1880) was born in Berwickshire, and in 1842 was sent to China by the Royal Horticultural Society to collect plants – this is the story of his journey. He is probably best known ... Les hele vurderingen

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Side 196 - This is rolled upon the rattan-worked table, and greatly compressed, the object being to get rid of a portion of the sap and moisture, and at the same time to twist the leaves. These balls of leaves are frequently shaken out, and passed from hand to hand until they reach the head workman, who examines them carefully to see if they have taken the requisite twist. When he is satisfied of this, the leaves are removed from the...
Side 224 - ... denominations, which are — 1. Twankay ; 2. Hyson-skin; 3. Hyson ; 4. Gunpowder ; 5. Young Hyson. Twankay tea has always formed the bulk of the green teas imported into this country, being used by the retailers to mix with the finer kinds. The leaf is older, and not so much twisted or rolled as in the dearer descriptions : there is altogether less care and trouble bestowed on its preparation. It is, in fact, the Bohea of green teas ; and the quantity of it brought to England has fully equalled...
Side 225 - As it could not be fairly produced in any large quantities, the call for it on the part of the Americans was answered by cutting up and sifting other green tea through sieves of a certain size ; and, as the Company's inspectors detected the imposture, it formed no portion of their London importations.
Side 243 - A few days of this fearful luxury, when taken to excess, will give a pallid and haggard look to the face ; and a few months, or even weeks, will change the strong and healthy man into little better than an idiot skeleton.
Side 244 - The pain they suffer when deprived of the drug, after long habit, no language can explain , and it is only when, to a certain degree, under its influence, that their faculties are alive. In the...
Side 99 - The cormorant now rises to the surface with the fish in his bill, and the moment he is seen by the Chinaman he is called back to the boat. As docile as a dog, he swims after his master, and allows himself to be pulled into the san-pan, where he disgorges his prey, and again resumes his labours. And what is more wonderful still, if one of the cormorants gets hold of a fish of large size, so large that he would have some difficulty in taking it to the boat, some of the others seeing his dilemma, hasten...
Side 290 - February, not less by the dryness than by the coldness of the atmosphere; the three winter months being known sometimes to elapse with scarcely a drop of rain. The north-east monsoon, which commences about September, blows strongest during the above period, and begins to yield to the opposite monsoon in March. About that time, the southerly winds come charged with the...
Side 224 - Chinese term, in which the skin means the refuse, or '" inferior portion of anything; in allusion, perhaps, to the hide of an animal, or the rind of fruit. In preparing the fine tea, called Hyson, all those leaves that are of a coarser, yellower, and less twisted or rolled appearance, are set apart and sold as the refuse or ' skin tea,

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