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East Sails WestThe Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208203

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208203.001.0001

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Voyage Over

Voyage Over

(p.237) Chapter 12 Voyage Over
East Sails West

Stephen Davies

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores the reasons that the Keying remained ignored. The Keying sailed to the west in a time when famous voyages were conducted and when museums were being built to house achievements and data from great maritime explorations. The long traditions of other cultures were not considered as anything worth studying closely, and the Keying was categorized as just the foreign and exotic. One result of this neglect is that museums in the present day have no concrete data to build models by. By bringing the Keying back to the limelight, the author hopes to stimulate the interest in a little known Chinese maritime past and the world of experiences that it encompassed.

Keywords:   China, Hong Kong, Britain, Keying, Junk, Sino-British relations, Naval, First Opium War, Maritime

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