National Geographic : 1927 Jun
Photographs by Charles H. Kragh POLING HIS LOAD THROUGH THE BACK WATERS OF SOOCHOW To be perfectly happy, the Chinese say, one should be born in Soochow. The canal highways, lined in places with grassy banks and swaying trees, are not the least of the Beautiful City's charms in the eyes of its inhabit ants, who boast that, while "Heaven is above, below are Hangchow and Soochow." THE WATERY SOO ISBEST EXPLORED BYCANAL The rectangular wall enclosing thecity issurrounded byacanal, or moat, is pierced by gates, and arched bybridges. Formerly guard towers defended the water gates inthe wall, bywhich thecapital was entered, and saw to the collection oftoll money, which was putinto abag swung down from above on a pole.