National Geographic : 1921 Jul
ADVENTURES WITH A CAMERA IN MANY LANDS "THE FACE WITH TIHE SMILE WINS" A young bread-seller on a small steamer running between Ningpo and the sacred island of Pu-to (see illustration on the opposite page). "A frank show of friendship and a readiness to smile, in spite of toil, cold, or hunger, are among the most prominent of Chinese characteristics" (see page 87). Chinese bread is usually in a form which can be baked quickly and with the minimum of fuel. Poppy and sesame seeds are often used to decorate and flavor the hard loaves. Millions of Chinese do not know the taste of rice, as it grows only in well-watered tracts and the cost of transportation in a country that lacks railways makes the price of the grain prohibitive in the dry areas in the northern provinces. Poor as the Chinese are, one is seldom far from some vendor of food, whether it be bread, roast chicken or duck, or watermelon seeds, which take the place of peanuts as a Chinese luxury.