IN writing this book I have endeavored to impart as many facts about the Middle Flowery Kingdom as are positively known.
Personal observation enters largely into its composition, but I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to the following
writers: D.C. Boulger, Mrs. Bishop, M. von Brandt, A.R. Colquhoun, Sir J.F. Davis, G.N. Curzon, Justus Doolittle,
R.S. Gundry, Abbe Huc, Henry Norman and S. Wells Williams.
While this book is written primarily for young people, it is hoped that the information contained in it will be
found interesting to older readers.