Cathay: a journey in search of old China
An exquisitely realized account of one man's pilgrimage in China's forbidden past. For Fergus Bordewich, entering the labyrinth that is China and finding vestiges of a rapidly vanishing world was the challenge of a lifetime, and his eye-opening revelations offer a China to tantalize the eye and the imagination.
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CHAPTER SEVEN The Mountain God
CHAPTER EIGHT The Ten Thousand Things
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