Map of Travels in the Qinling

Fr. Armand David's Travels in the Qinling in 1873

 

This site contains documents, mainly PDF, TIFF and KMZ files providing background information or draft materials developed for the research into the Travels in the Qinling Mountain Range by the French Vincentian missionary Fr. Armand David. The research is part of a number of studies being undertaken between people located in Canberra in Australia and Hanzhong and Xi'an in China during 2019/20. The PDF files can be read directly using Acrobat Reader and some other materials may need to be downloaded.

 

You are welcome to direct questions and comments to David Jupp via email at dlbjupp@ozemail.com.au

 

 

Fr. David in the Qinling

 

This page explores the travels of the French missionary Monsieur L’Abbé Père Jean Pierre Armand David (CM, 1826-1900, 谭卫道, Tan Weidao) between Xi'an and Hanzhong through the Qinling mountains in China in 1873. Fr. David (Fr. Stands for “Frater”, “Frère” or “Brother” as a general term for a Member of a catholic order) was a natural scientist who made three journeys to China. He “discovered” many animal and bird species such as the Panda and the Père David’s deer. His third voyage included areas on the north and south of the Qinling. In coming to Hanzhong from the Guanzhong he travelled an ancient road previously called the Baoxie Road. In Hanzhong he also made geological and biological discoveries before setting off on the Han River for Hankou. He was unfortunately boat-wrecked but was unharmed. His diary of the third visit was published as:

 

David, M. L’Abbé Père Armand (1875). Journal de mon troisième voyage d’exploration dans L’Empire Chinois. 2 volumes, Paris, Libraire Hachette et Cie.

 

The Table below provides access to a number of documents and materials. First, two PDF files of his diary (Vol 1 and Vol 2) are included. The files are searchable. Next, a PDF file has been included with the draft of a description of his travels across the Qinling. A matching translation into Chinese will be posted when both are fully edited. References to Fr. David and his travels on the ancient Shu Roads can also be found in other documents on this web site such as the “Shu Roads Introduction” and “Catholics on the Shu Roads”.

 

The expeditions to the north and south of the Qinling have also been presented as a Google Earth KMZ file. This KMZ file can be downloaded for use and information in Shu Road research. A zip file with selected TIFF files from the documents has been provided for people who wish to view them in more detail. Other documments covering Fr. David's activities to the north of the Qinling and and in the Han River Basin will be made available when completed.

 

 

Travels of Fr. Armand David in 1873

 

Journal_de_mon_troisieme_voyage_v1.pdf (10MB)

Searchable PDF of Volume 1 of Fr. David's third voyage to China:
M. L’Abbé Père Armand David (1875). Journal de mon troisième voyage d’exploration dans L’Empire Chinois. 2 volumes, Paris, Libraire Hachette et Cie.

Journal_de_mon_troisieme_voyage_v2_search.pdf (10MB)

Searchable PDF of Volume 2 of Fr. David's third voyage to China:
M. L’Abbé Père Armand David (1875). Journal de mon troisième voyage d’exploration dans L’Empire Chinois. 2 volumes, Paris, Libraire Hachette et Cie.

Travels_of_Fr_David_v3_final.pdf (1.3MB)

PDF of the English language document describing Fr. David's travels in China on the Baoxie Road in 1873 from the north to the south of the Qinling at Hanzhong.

Fr_David_Qinling_Travels_v4.kmz (61kB)

Google Earth KMZ file of an accompanying map presentation for Fr. David's travels in 1873 from Xi'an to the north and then to the south of the Qinling Mountain Range near Hanzhong.

Travels_Fr_Armand_David_Qinling.zip (10MB)

Zip file of images used in the documents and some others associated with Fr. David's Travels (TIFF files). It is best to download before decompressing.

 

 

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