National Geographic : 1927 Jun
THE PHOENIX, EMBLEM OE IMMORTALITY, SAFEGUARDS THIS BOAT With such a symbol on his craft, the boatman has hope of a safe and happy ending to his mortal existence in case he goes to a watery grave, where his body cannot be buried with his ancestors. The large characters in the center mean "The True Source," a euphonious expression. NEARLY ONE-IOURTH OFTHE CANTONESE HAVE HOMES ON THE WATER Thousands of boats in some ofthecanals connecting with thePearl River are affected by thetide. They anchor near theshore, floating at high tide and settling onmud flats atlow water, when theboat people must ascend the ladders ifthey have business onland.