March 25th #chinadiary

Arrived very early at Mukden (In 1914, the city changed back to its old name Shenyang but continued to be known as Mukden in some English sources), Carl upset about the treatment of horses, as would I be, on the Peking carts (btw, the photo on the right here is from a fabulous collection of photos from 1920s China collected by YWCA missionaries, perhaps some of whom Carl met on his travels - here and here). Much of the rest of the day was spent travelling through "the plains of Manchuria, sometimes as sandy and arid looking as the Sahara desert". 

Here's another pretty amazing video from 1920s China: