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Image from the collection of M. Lundie 21 5 THE SOMETIMES SOUTHERN CAPITAL A current travel brochure sidelines Nanking as a city of quiet boulevards, but it has had its great times. Humans have lived on the site for at least 2,300 years. It has been the capital city of 10 dynasties (sometimes local and minor) and sundry revolutionary and puppet regimes under as many names, but mostly known as Nanking. The name Nanking (Nanjing) means ‘southern capital’, just as Peking (Beijing) means ‘northern capital’.
On evening excursions we usually embarked just before dusk. At first the course would follow the shore and we could watch people sitting by their cottages binding newly cut bamboo 46 NOTES FROM OLD NANKING shoots for the morning market or gathering the huge circular leaves of the aquatic lotus which were bought by shops for wrapping food portions. Near the Cocks Crow Temple the boat would head out into the lake proper, our presence made known by paper lanterns strung around the canopy. The only sounds were often that of our part-songs and rounds.
He was genteel enough to turn away before hoicking up a gobbet of phlegm. This sensible manoeuvre is widely practised in China, especially on rising each morning (the Dawn Chorus). The boy then shot snot from each nostril, turned back to me smiling and held out both hands. I was ready to be rid of the rifle; but no, it was not his rifle he wanted, but the cigarette. This I passed over. He took a piece of toilet paper from a pocket, folded it carefully around the cigarette then stowed it, telling me he would enjoy sharing it that evening with his friend.