National Geographic : 1927 Jun
©Herbert G.Ponting THE "COMMISSARIAT" CAMEL IS THE LONG-HAUL TRANSPORT Of' NORTH CHINA From the truck gardens, orchards, and mines 40 to 60 miles outside of Peking, files of these shaggybeasts plod inwith their loads ofvegetables and fruit, coal and charcoal. They usually have no return load, but sometimes take back a pile of grass mats, clothing, orother city products. Occasionally a dusty caravan stalks in from Kalgan, just inside the Great Wall, with a cargo which hasbeen relayed through thedesert. Just above the first camel appears the hooded Peking cart, the type of conveyance used by the more well-to-doclasses ofthecity and surrounding villages.