National Geographic : 1937 Oct
CHANGING SHANGHAI Photograph by Alfred T. Palmer HOMEBOUND WORKERS WAIT FOR FERRIES TO CROSS THE SUNSET-GILDED WHANGPOO Launches and sampans take crowds of Chinese daily between Shanghai and the suburb of Pootung, across the river. The buildings that line the water front like a low range of hills are called "godowns," from a Malay word meaning warehouse. About 13 miles below Shanghai, the Whangpoo joins the mighty Yangtze near the latter's mouth in the East China Sea. Much of the fighting during the Sino-Japanese hostilities of 1932 took place along the river between Shanghai and Woosung (map, page 491).