March 27th #chinadiary

Carl visits the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven but is more taken up with the shocking "condition of the people" and their (work) animals, both of which he describes sharply and at length. He also sees his first camel: "Of all the haughty, supercilious faces, a camels is the most haughty. Even an Englishman can't beat him." (I think I would have laughed lots with Carl, he can be so funny!) - he suggests that the camels are better off than many of the people here.

The entry finishes with an early indication of Carl's lifelong interest in people: "...the Forbidden City was massive and most interesting in its historical connotations, but the people are the real thing after all."

Qianmen Avenue, Beijing in the 1920s or 1930s (Source)

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