Edward Colborne Baber
Having learned Chinese, he started working at the British embassy in Beijing the same year, where he quickly advanced through the ranks. During his tenure he made three journeys to the interior of China; one to the Burmese border in 1876, one to the Sichuan highlands the next year (where he visited the Leshan Giant Buddha, and the last, in 1878, northwards through the mountains from Chongqing. His travels and discoveries were described in books, and in 1883 he received the Royal Geographical Society's Patron's Medal.
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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Seccombe, Thomas (1901). "Baber, Edward Colborne". Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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