Scenes in China. Series I Kuling. An Album of 30 Photos. The Principal Features of Interest in Kuling China. 竹内苞雄.

Scenes in China. Series I Kuling. An Album of 30 Photos. The Principal Features of Interest in Kuling China.

Kuling. Banzai. Taisho 7 [1918]. Reprint. Stock ID #162277

30 tipped in black and white plates captioned in English. Original wrappers torn in places with a little loss. String ties. 26.5 x 29.5cm. Scarce souvenir album of the resort town of Kuling, known today as 牯岭 Guling, in Lushan City, Jiangxi Province. The town was founded in 1895 by English missionary Edward Selby Little keen for his family and fellow Europeans to have a place to retreat from the gruelling summer heat of the plains. After quite some trouble finding an area to buy and then further difficulty negotiating and obtaining the land, Little established the colonial style group of residences that became Kuling. He was fortunate that at the time the Chinese authorities mindful of Japanese interest in China were encouraging the Chinese populace to act positively towards non Japanese foreign nationals. However this was not to last and in building the road to the Kuling, Little encountered many problems from the local population as anti-foreign sentiments swept the land. Little wrote a fascinating account of the establishment of Kuling in "Story of Kuling" published in 1899. In this account he tells that he named the town Kuling as Chinese sounding play on the English word "cooling".

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