A long and detailed account, divided into three parts, of a journey undertaken by Dr. Herbert Watney (1843-1932) and his family. Beginning in England, the first part, 27pp., describes the passage out ("England to Shanghai, October 6th to December 9th, 1913") by way of the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Aden, Colombo, Penang, Singapore, Java and Sumatra. Part two, the "Journey from Shanghai to Paoning and Chien-chou and back to Shanghai, Dec. 10th 1913 to March 29th, 1914", is by far the largest section of the diary (62 pp.). The final part (24pp.) describes the "Journey from Shanghai to Japan & Pekin, home by the Siberian Railway, March 30th to May 29th, 1914", including visits to Nagasaki, Kobe, Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Pekin and Moscow. The diary describes the local scenery, botany, customs, accommodation, experiences and encounters along the way in considerable detail.