National Geographic : 1940 Nov
Photograph by Pierre Verger from C.Anders and Company Opening of the Burma Road Turned Sleepy Kunming into a Bustling Metropolis Capital and largest city of Yiinnan Province, the ancient community slumbered half-forgotten until 1939. Even theopening of thenarrow-gauge railway from Haiphong, French Indo-China seaport, nearly thirty years before, failed to rouse it from lethargy. Suddenly trucksbythe hundred poured into thecity, which became a distributing center for the Chinese armies. On this busy shopping street almost every house and gateway is madeof wood. No European signs arevisible, forfew foreigners have business in remote Kunming.