National Geographic : 1936 Dec
(Q)National Geographic Society CameraPainting by H.C.and J.Hi. White and twang iao-tso MARCO POLO SAW SUCH CAMEL CARAVANS PLODDING FROM PEIPING MORE THAN 600 YEARS AGO " To this city," wrote the Venetian traveler, "everything that is most rare and valuable in all parts oftheworld finds itsway." Then, asnow, two-humped Bactrians with bright saddles, roped in single file, lined highroads between Peiping and thelands beyond theGreat Wall. Itscoal or produce unloaded, this train, returning to the Western Hills, passes a sentry box near the city's battlements, partly hidden by weeping willows.