Sketches of China; With Illustrations From Original Drawings

9781154311853: Sketches of China; With Illustrations From Original Drawings
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1830. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... will not prevent a persevering attempt to illustrate the natural productions of the country more fully, and to obtain more correct information relative to the habits and economy of its curious animals.* CELEBRATION OF THE NEW YEAR. The new year is a season of great festivity and rejoicing with the Chinese. New clothes are bought, houses undergo the only thorough cleaning which they have during the year, visits are made, cards of congratulation are sent, and, in short, every body, from his Imperial Majesty down to his meanest subject, tax their means to look particularly decent on this day. The streets are nearly deserted, business is suspended, and the shops are all closed. The few persons who are met in the * The magnificent Aviary of Thomas Beale, Esq. at Macao, has acquainted us with many remarkable traits in the habits of the Chinese birds, which are there found almost in a state of nature. This unique collection comprises most of the Chinese birds of interest, and some uncommonly rare and magnificent species which are to be found in no other collection. In addition to these, there is a great variety of other beautiful birds, and in particular I may mention the Bird of Paradise. A splendid living specimen is in the possession of Mr. Beale almost domesticated. It feeds from the hand of its amiable owner without fear, and appears capable of being rendered perfectly tame and familiar. This is perhaps the only specimen at present existing in confinement. streets, are either going to visit, or they are the servants, who, with a handful of red cards, are flying as fast as the multiplicity of their new year's garments will allow them, to deliver the congratulations of their masters to acquaintances and friends. Fire-crackers are kept going all night, and continue i...

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