National Geographic : 1927 Jun
Photographs by Charles H. Kragh SAILING THROUGH A HIGH ARCH BRIDGE AT SOOCHOW Streets alternate with canals, and at the intersections rise these curved bridges, very beautiful in form and having from five to fifty steps, which enable the gondolalike craft to pass beneath them (see text, page 642). The buildings emerge from the water, like those in Venice, and along some of the narrower waterways the occupants of the houses on opposite sides extend planks from window to window and thus exchange visits. THE GREAT PAGODA ISTHE GLORY OESOOCHOW This is a pagoda within apagoda, forinside theouter walls areothers that extend to the top ofthe tower. The ninth story ofthe250-foot structure affords a long-range view notonly ofthecity, butofthe surrounding plains, with their numerous lakes and canals, and ofthe distant mountains to the west. Each ofthestories hasabalcony and niches filled with stone images.