National Geographic : 1925 Sep
Photographs by Rev. Archibald G. Adams A SZECHWAN IRRIGATION WHEEL These Ferris-wheel contrivances are frequently seen along the shores of shallow streams, when the banks are lined with farms. With the excep tion of the upright supports and the axle, this wheel, some 70 feet high, is constructed entirely of bamboo. Woven bamboo paddles on the rim catch the force of the rapid water in the mill race. Between the paddles are joints of bamboo, open at one end, which scoop up water and empty it into a trough of bamboo poles at the top, which conveys it to the rice fields, 50 or 60 feet above the river level. THE GIANT HEAD OFBUDDHA ATKIATING, SZECHWAN A "tea-money" tip was given theman who stands onthecrown ofthe statue to provide a "yardstick" forcomparison. Grass and ferns hide the carved curls of the head.Whitewash ontheredsandstone gives the effect of a light, flesh-colored pink, weathered inpatches. About once in ten years the face is gone over, scraped and repainted, bysome devotee of the Buddha, which has been carved from acliff that rises from the banks of the Min River opposite Kiating. The roofs ofatemple canbe seen to the left.