National Geographic : 1946 Aug
Passengers Gingerly Leave a Canalboat at Kunming. One False Step Means a Ducking, forthe Gangplank Has No Rail To boys a traffic-choked Kunming canal is a swimming pool; to mothers, a washtub. Farm animals use it as a wateringtrough; their masters asanirrigation system (page 160). Entire families are born and live in its one-cabin houseboats. Sails on this boat arereed orbamboo mats.