Foreign News: A REPORTER AMONG THE POETS

China's story is not all one of civil war, economic fever and malice domestic. Last week, it was spring in Hangchow, the city of Buddhist temples and merry poets, and Chinese in holiday mood were making their annual pilgrimage thither. Armed with a well-thumbed copy of Herbert Allen Giles's translations of Chinese verse, TIME Correspondent Frederick Gruin joined them. His report:

April has brought some 20,000 visitors daily to Hangchow in the greatest pilgrimage since some long-ago poetaster wrote: "Over and above there is a heavenly abode. Here below, there are Soochow and Hangchow." The city's 40 big & little hotels are...

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