This 95-minute travelogue was originally advertised as an "adventure with a picture camera." It is the filmed record of Isaac O. Upham's 10,000 mile journey into the Chinese mainland, an odyssey that consumed one year of Upham's life. Beginning his trek in Hong Kong, Upham heads towards the Imperial Summer Palace in Peking, then drifts down the more picturesque passages of the Yangtzse River. The film was more impressive than entertaining, though critics felt that it would do well on the schoolroom and lecture circuit. For its original New York showing, Pieces of China was accompanied by a live prologue, in which Upham introduced a Chinese "giant" swordsman named Liu Yu-Ching.
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