A statue of Xu Xianke at Shibaoshan, in Yunnan province. Photo: Shutterstock A statue of Xu Xianke at Shibaoshan, in Yunnan province. Photo: Shutterstock
A statue of Xu Xianke at Shibaoshan, in Yunnan province. Photo: Shutterstock
Chinese history

‘Imperial China’s Indiana Jones’: introducing Xu Xiake, one of the country’s first tourists

  • The Ming dynasty traveller wandered the length and breadth of the Middle Kingdom on foot, and was particularly enchanted by its mountains
  • He mapped the true source of the West River in Guizhou and was the first person to make a detailed study of limestone karst formations

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A statue of Xu Xianke at Shibaoshan, in Yunnan province. Photo: Shutterstock A statue of Xu Xianke at Shibaoshan, in Yunnan province. Photo: Shutterstock
A statue of Xu Xianke at Shibaoshan, in Yunnan province. Photo: Shutterstock
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