FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
ment is erroneous. Roads aboundathe most insignificant village is connected with the one next to it.
No sooner were we rested, therefore, than we longed to be off. Except in the outskirts, where we picked up commercial information, there was little to repay inspection in Ssumao itself.
Pagoda in Ssumao.
Most Chinese towns are alike,athe same shops, the same trades,
the same alleys with their wooden signs, and pagodas displaying
hideous dragons. There was no getting about in the streets
without a loafing retinue, and no remaining indoors without a
crowd of idle gapers. Drive them out with a stick at one door and
they flowed in again at another, to the sore trial of oneas temper.