National Geographic : 1934 Nov
©Paul De Gaston LUCKY RIVER "TAXIS," TO FIND PARKING SPACES ON THE SHANGHAI WATER FRONT! These oddly shaped sampans ferry passengers across the Whangpoo and out to steamers anchored in midstream. Manylaunches operate, but the needs ofthe 3,000,000 residents of greater Shanghai and of many transients still enable hundreds of sampan "drivers" to gain a livelihood. The matting roofs shield passengers from rain or sun.