by Fons1 via FlickrPaul French, one of our specialists in recent Chinese history, recalled historical comparisons made by important Western visitors to China in his weblog. Is started with the American comedian Will Rogers comparing the countryside around Harbin with Nebraska.
A few others:
In the 1870s Jules Verne compared Hong Kong to a town in Kent or Surrey
In 1933 Peter Fleming toured China and compared Chengde to Windsor
He then compared Peking with Oxford for some reason!