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Both from Pu-ch'eng on the former route, and from near Tsung-ngan on the
latter, the waters are navigable - Page 430
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Both From Pu-Ch'eng On The Former Route, And From Near Tsung-Ngan On The Latter, The Waters Are Navigable Down To Kien-Ning Fu And So To Fu-Chau.

Mr. Fortune judges the first to have been Polo's route.

There does not, however, seem to be on this route any place that can be identified with his Cuju or Chuju. Ching-hu seems to be insignificant, and the name has no resemblance. On the other route followed by Mr. Fortune himself from that side we have Kwansin fu, Hokeu, Yen-shan, and (last town passed on that side) Chuchu. The latter, as to both name and position, is quite satisfactory, but it is described as a small poor town. Hokeu would be represented in Polo's spelling as Caghiu or Cughiu. It is now a place of great population and importance as the entrepot of the Black Tea Trade, but, like many important commercial cities in the interior, not being even a hien it has no place either in Duhalde or in Biot, and I cannot learn its age.

It is no objection to this line that Polo speaks of Cuju or Chuju as the last city of the government of Kinsay, whilst the towns just named are in Kiang-si. For Kiang-Che, the province of Kinsay, then included the eastern part of Kiang-si. (See Cathay, p. 270.)

[Mr. Phillips writes (T. Pao, I. 223-224): "Eighty-five li beyond Lan-ki hien is Lung-yin, a place not mentioned by Polo, and another ninety-five li still further on is Chuechau or Keuchau, which is, I think, the Gie-za of Ramusio, and the Cuju of Yule's version.

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