China is perhaps the most interesting country in the whole world. One reason for this is because it is so old. Many learned men like to look at ruins and places where great cities of long ago have been, such as are found in Rome and Greece. They try ...
to find out from them how people lived in those far-off days. Some try to read the picture-writing on the monuments in Egypt, and after hard and toilsome study get some idea of the history of the olden times. In China you have the cities just as old, and still with people living in them; and the writings, dating from long before Christ, still read, and the old, old language still spoken by the people of to-day. When Solomon was King in Jerusalem, and the Egyptians had built great palaces and cities by the Nile, and fought and written about their battles, and England was just a little wild island, with no one in it clever enough to write anything, or mighty enough to be written about, there were then already great men and large cities in China.
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Date of publication: 15/01/2011
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