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An American in China

Ancient China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 4, 2011

From The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)

Occupants of houses are popularly supposed to “sweep the snow from their own doorsteps,” but the repair of roads, bridges, drains, etc., has always been left to the casual philanthropy of wealthy individuals, who take these opportunities of satisfying public opinion in regard to the obligations of the rich towards the poor. Consequently, Chinese cities are left without efficient lighting, draining, or scavengering; and it is astonishing how good the health of the people living under these conditions can be.

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