National Geographic : 1919 Sep
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING ON A CHINESE FREIGHT AND PASSENGER BOAT China is rich in the number of her roads, but excessively poor in their quality. For centuries, therefore, chief reliance for internal communications has been upon her numerous canals and navigable rivers. Her railway history dates from 1876, and at present there are 6,000 miles of railways open to traffic, including 1,8oo miles in Manchuria. THE COMMONS AT A CHINESE GIRLS' SCHOOL Rice is the staff of life for millions of Chinese, but there are other millions who have never tasted it. Much of China's rice is exported and millions of pounds of cheaper grades are imported from Indo-China. The Chinese, no matter how poor, like their rice thoroughly polished and not only free from any hull, but also from the layer of glutinous material which has high food value, the absence of which is supposed to cause beri-beri.