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  • 作者:Paul French
  • 出版社:Blacksmith Books
  • 出版日期:2023
  • 語言:English
  • ISBN:9789887554776


Benjamin Couch “BC” Henry was a missionary in Hong Kong and southern China in the second half of the 19th century. Yet he was much more too – a keen observer, a skilled naturalist and an intrepid explorer. The bulk of his career in China was spent in what was then commonly known as “Ling-nam”, the Pearl River Delta and environs of Guangzhou. These excerpts of LING-NAM, published in 1886, contain one of the most detailed walking tours of Guangzhou that has survived. Similarly so his travels through the silk, tea and market garden regions adjoining the metropolis.


Henry’s expeditions around Hainan Island in 1882 were then the most extensive undertaken by a foreigner. Henry’s travelogue provides one of the most in-depth looks at southern Chinese life – from the growth of Hong Kong, to the bustling streets of Guangzhou, to Hainan’s “Island of Palms”.




The Reverend Dr. Benjamin Couch Henry was born in 1850 near Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. In November 1873 he set sail for China. He was a missionary, an educator and a scholar who also enjoyed writing up his travels and sketching, as well as engaging in numerous speaking tours. Henry often addressed very large audiences across the United States to raise money for the American Presbyterian Church’s China Mission during his furloughs home from China where he was largely based in Canton (Guangzhou). LING-NAM was first published in 1886.


Paul French, who has introduced and annotated this reprint, was born in London and lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. His book Midnight in Peking was a New York Times bestseller and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Stories from his Destination Shanghai were serialised on RTHK Radio 3.

Ling-Nam: Hong Kong, Canton and Hainan Island in the 1880s