Identifier

MSS.2.74

Publication Date

2-28-1921

Document Type

Letter

Transcription

Kwan Yin Shou,
Canton
28 February, 1920

Dearest Dada,

Here I am in Canton visiting my sister Mrs.
Sun Yat Sen. I have been here almost a week and
have seen quite a good deal of the city, and the various
famous sights of Canton. The weather here even now is
hot, and as I had to wear my fur coat in Shanghai
about 2 weeks ago, naturally I did not think
Canton would be so hot as it is. Consequently I
brought my winter things, and now find them
of no use to me.

Altho Canton is not nearly as foreignized
as Shanghai, still it is struggling into quite a
town. My sister said that three years ago, the
streets were all very narrow; now many of
the streets are quite as broad as those in Shanghai.
But I will say this, the automobile roads here
are absolutely rotten, -- so full of hiccups,
holes, and gravels that riding here is a
terror instead of a joy. Sister is always wanting
me to see this and that famous sight, and as
Canton is so mountainous, and the automobiles
cannot climb these mountains, one has to do
a lot of walking after one descends from the car.
You know, in Shanghai, there is not even a
semblance of a hill,-- all is level, and
therefore I never walked there. Here with the sun [page break]
blazing down and climbing hilly rocky paths
with French heels is no joke. And the
sun is so hot that it gives me the headache
every time I go out of doors. My face is
always so sunburnt too. But all in all, I am
having a novel experience.

We are living on the Kwan Yin Mountain.
"Kwan Yin" is one of China's most famous goddesses,
the goddess of Mercy. Right above the house, at the top
of the mountain is the famous Kwan Yin Temple
and the Seven Story Pagoda. Right below us are
soldiers' barracks, my brother-in-law's soldiers.
I think 5,000 of them are stationed below. We
hear bugle calls all day long, and can see
them practicing and drilling on the marching
grounds below. Right in front of the barracks
is the Government House. In going to town, we
are obliged to pass all the barracks and the
Gov't House where many many people are patiently
waiting to get an interview with Dr. Sun.

This house in which we are living belonged
to the former Governor of the State. It is typically
Chinese, and is therefore very roomy. Our back
yard is most attractive, all rocks, stone
steps which go up and down the natural
elevations of the ground, trees, and large stone [page break]
seats. From the gov't house to our house is a
private covered passage something like an
elevated bridge of 1/3 of a mile long. At either
end are guards, whom one can only pass
if he has a pass from Doctor Sun. This
passage-way is only used by us, and by our
callers. There is another way to come to this
house, by stone steps, but these too are
well guarded by armed guards. So you see,
we have a great deal of privacy, which
is what we like.

Although when I left Shanghai, there
was snow on the ground, everything here is
like summer-- the birds, bushes, trees, and
flowers are blooming luxuriously.

A few days ago we went to General
Li's fruit plantation of 150 [miles] of land.
Every kind of fruit trees imaginable are
growing there, oranges, lemons, pumelos,
alligator pears, sugar cane, and a great
many other Chinese fruit of which there
is no name in English. We went by a
fast motor boat, and returned on a lovely
Flower Boat. I wish you were here, for I
know you would enjoy it. Write me to Shanghai-
Daughter.

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