For an hour we followed up the delta of the Yangtze, low, level land devoted to rice culture, splendidly tilled.
This is also the only feasible way of regulating the estuary of the Yangtze.
Nanking has yet a greater future before her when the resources of the lower Yangtze Valley are properly developed.
This part of the channel of the Yangtze River is most irregular and changeable.
The Yangtze Kiang and the Hwai river had overflowed and flooded hundreds of villages and cities.
For it is the gateway between the Hoangho and Yangtze valleys.
Cotton is one of the most general crops in the southern part of the empire, especially along the lower Yangtze.
So, to regulate it, a similar work as that for the Yangtze should be applied.
On the way up the Yangtze he met Yan Chn after three years of separation.
Of those on the Yangtze, one should be at Nanking and the other at Hankow.