And Thus The Columns Run From
Space To Space Along Either Side Of The Bridge, So That Altogether It Is A
Beautiful Object.[NOTE 2]
- [When Marco leaves the capital, he takes the main road, the
"Imperial Highway," from Peking to Si-ngan fu, via Pao-ting, Cheng-ting,
Hwai-luh, Tai-yuan, Ping-yang, and T'ung-kwan, on the Yellow River. Mr. G.
F. Eaton, writing from Han-chung (Jour. China Br. R. As. Soc. XXVIII.
No. 1) says it is a cart-road, except for six days between Tai-yuan and
Hwai-luh, and that it takes twenty-nine days to go from Peking to Si-ngan,
a figure which agrees well with Polo's distances; it is also the time
which Dr. Forke's journey lasted; he left Peking on the 1st May, 1892,
reached Tai-yuan on the 12th, and arrived at Si-ngan on the 30th (Von
Peking nach Ch'ang-an). Mr. Rockhill left Peking on the 17th December,
1888, reached T'ai-yuan on the 26th, crossed the Yellow River on the 5th
January, and arrived at Si-ngan fu on the 8th January, 1889, in twenty-two
days, a distance of 916 miles. (Land of the Lamas, pp. 372-374.) M.
Grenard left Si-ngan on the 10th November and reached Peking on the 16th
December, 1894 = thirty-six days; he reckons 1389 kilometres = 863 miles.
(See Rev. C. Holcombe, Tour through Shan-hsi and Shen-hsi in Jour.
North China Br.R.A.S.N.S. X. pp.
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