The Famine in China features remarkable etchings of the famine by a Chinese artist. Referring to the Chinese etching, the preface repeats a statement by The Spectator, saying,

We have received from China a grotesque but pathetic little picture book, painting the horrors undergone in the famine districts, the stripping of the trees of bark as well as leaves, the eating of the thatch off the houses, the feeding on the dead, the selling of boys and girls into slavery, each rough print accompanied by an explanation of its drift in Chinese.