The least observant traveller in China quickly learns that the Chinese are a very superstitious race. If he travels by boat, he soon discovers that a " lucky day " must be secured before the boatmen can be persuaded to move, no matter how pressing the traveller's business may be. If he secures the services of a carter, a barrowman, or sedan coolie, he is early face to face with some of their superstitions, which may cause delay, misunderstanding, or even revolt, in his camp! The southern provinces of China are said to be much more superstitious than the northern, and the western provinces, especially Sichuen, more superstitious than either. The Sichuen proverb, that "Sichuen is an evil spirit region, where truth lies dead, and falsehood rules the reason," seems to bear this out.
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