National Geographic : 1937 Dec
rnotograpn Dy Ailrea i.raliner SAIL, STEAM, POLES, AND PADDLES PROPEL CRAFT ALONG CANTON'S BUSIEST HIGHWAY-PEARL RIVER Boats like those Marco Polo saw float against a skyline where skyscrapers have replaced pai-lous (page 722). Broad-sterned houseboats and other vessels anchored along the foreshore carry passengers to villages of the Delta and interior. Like New Orleans, Canton is a river port,being some 80miles upstream from British Hong Kong. For many years it was the only Chinese city that would trade with "foreign devils," and to this ancient harbor came thefirst boats ofthe American Merchant Marine while the United States still was an infant nation.