How did Alexander Heathcote spend time in China?
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When Sir Alexander Heathcote was in the great halls of the Imperial Palace, he walked as slowly as possible, taking in the magnificent collection of ivory and jade statues which were scattered casually around the building much in the way Cellini and Michelangelo today lay stacked against each other in Florence. As his ministerial appointment was only for three years, Sir Alexander took no leave, but preferred to use his time to put the Embassy behind him and travel on horseback into the outlying districts to learn more about the country and its people.
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