Abstract

Early on the morning of September 1 we set out from Chih-fang for Wu-ch'ang. Breakfast need not be mentioned. We were unable to purchase even any scraps that might fill our mouths and bellies. We had not been travelling long when we noticed a temple on a high piece of land among the fields. We then left the main road and walked in the direction of the temple, thinking to seek a little food there. [Li] Han-chün was with us too; Chan Ta-pei had gone on ahead by himself in the sedan-chair. I do not remember the name of the temple. When we arrived there, we found that it was only a ruined one; there was not the shadow of even a beggar.

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