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walled towns and cities lie thickly along, for the most part - Page 70
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The Road Lies Through One Long Orchard, And The Walled Towns And Cities Lie Thickly Along, For The Most Part At A Little Distance From The Highway." Mr. Rockhill Says (Land Of The Lamas, Pp. 19-20):

"The road between T'ung-kwan and Si-ngan fu, a distance of 110 miles, is a fine highway - for China - with a ditch on either side, rows of willow-trees here and there, and substantial stone bridges and culverts over the little streams which cross it.

The basin of the Wei ho, in which this part of the province lies, has been for thousands of years one of the granaries of China. It was the colour of its loess-covered soil, called 'yellow earth' by the Chinese, that suggested the use of yellow as the colour sacred to imperial majesty. Wheat and sorghum are the principal crops, but we saw also numerous paddy fields where flocks of flamingoes were wading, and fruit-trees grew everywhere." - H.C.]

[Illustration: Reduced Facsimile of the celebrated Christian Inscription of Singan fu in Chinese and Syrian Characters]

Kenjanfu, or, as Ramusio gives it, Quenzanfu, is SI-NGAN FU, or as it was called in the days of its greatest fame, Chang-ngan, probably the most celebrated city in Chinese history, and the capital of several of the most potent dynasties. It was the metropolis of Shi Hwang-ti of the T'sin Dynasty, properly the first emperor and whose conquests almost intersected those of his contemporary Ptolemy Euergetes.

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