A colorful, dramatic account of a year spent in China by an artist who had an infinite curiosity about the country and its ways and its people. Uncomfortably, he sensed the growing infiltration of Japan, during the period he spent in Peking; he escaped it for a time as he went to the Gobi Desert, as he stayed in Mongol camps, and then he met it again in Mongolia, in Shanghai. He went up the Yangtze River, he stayed in Chingking which he visualizes as the center of the new China of the South, he traveled by motor, on horseback, on donkey back, by steamer, by sampan. He visited cities and villages and plains. He drank in the old and the new. He saw the people at close quarters. And he has painted a vivid picture of a China that is no more.