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The Belgian Mandarin Anne Splingaerd Megowan

The Belgian Mandarin

Anne Splingaerd Megowan

Published January 18th 2008
ISBN : 9781425792374
Hardcover
204 pages
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 About the Book 

There was nothing ordinary about Paul Splingaerds life after he left Brussels for China in 1865. Pauls adventures over the 41 years he spent in his adopted land read more like fiction than fact, but he really did exist. His great-granddaughterMoreThere was nothing ordinary about Paul Splingaerds life after he left Brussels for China in 1865. Pauls adventures over the 41 years he spent in his adopted land read more like fiction than fact, but he really did exist. His great-granddaughter relates the story of his youth, his travels throughout the Middle Kingdom with explorer/geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen, his years as a fur trader in Mongolia, and his fourteen years in Chinas far west after being made a mandarin by legendary viceroy Li Hongzhang. On behalf of his native Belgium, Paul negotiated the rights to build the major railroad between Beijing to Hankou. For this service, Leopold II knighted him a Chevalier de lOrdre de la Couronne. Reading about Pauls life and activities during a pivotal period of Chinas history can provide insights into her post-Opium War interaction with the West, and offer an understanding of what is happening in the dynamic China of the twenty-first century.