Ancient Chinese account of the Grand Canyon, or course of the Colorado

Ancient Chinese account of the Grand Canyon, or course of the Colorado

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Ancient Chinese account of the Grand Canyon, or course of the Colorado by Alexander McAllan

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The Chinese term rendered "Canyon" is =Hoh=, which stands also for "a bed of a torrent, a deep gully or wady; a valley" (see Williams dict. p. 453.)

Of course, a =Ta= (or "Great") =Hoh= ought to be a Great Canyon, or a remarkable deep gorge or valley containing the bed of a torrent.

We have already been informed that a =Chu= (or river of ledges and falls) is in the =Ta Hoh=, or mighty gorge beyond the Eastern Sea. We also perceive that the title =Ta Hoh= applies properly to the mountain-hemmed course of our Colorado (which connects with Middle Park and runs to the Gulf.)

Somewhere in this immense and peerless =Ta Hoh=--somewhere among the majestic mountains--somewhere along the bed of the Colorado (either inside or outside of Middle Park,) the investigator should find a section which is =bottomless=. The ancient account locates it there. Nor are we to look for it in any Philippine Island. We are restricted to the bed or banks of the Colorado which we have identified as the =Chu= or p

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