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  • Thumbnail for Vegetable curing on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Vegetable curing on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    On the rooftop were the green vegetables drying in the sun.†[7]

  • Thumbnail for Bridge at the City of Chengdu
    Bridge at the City of Chengdu

    “Shortly after five Lusa, the rickshaw puller, and I left our riverside compound for the city. [Huaxida], which is the Romanization of the Chinese characters meaning West China Union University campus, lies just south of the Min River, which serves as a moat around Chengtu. We crossed the river by means of the Marco Polo bridge – so called because it is described in THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO. The marble facings were long ago removed, leaving only a rough, old graceful span.†[2]

  • Thumbnail for Chongqing
    Chongqing

    “I have often thought about the question: ‘What makes a city glamorous?’ Certain cities, Paris, Peiping, New York, San Francisco, have a certain ‘it’ that most cities lack. One of the factors of a city’s appeal, I think, is concerned with geography…On its narrow peninsula where the Chaling joins the Yangtze, Chungking rises on its steep bluffs out of the mists of its rivers.†[17 “On an island in the Yangtze…is the Chungking winter airport…In February’s low water the island was al’ but connected with the Chungking shore.†[21]

  • Thumbnail for Worked landscape on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Worked landscape on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “There were places where man’s geometry was impossible, and the red, yellow, or chocolate brown earth stood chin up. There was little foliage, the hills centuries ago having been denuded of trees in the clearing of the land or because of the great need for fuel. There were clumps of the quick growing, great grass, bamboo, and scattered oil trees of tung and castor, pruned to within an inch of their lives.†[8]

  • Thumbnail for Another view of waterwheels on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Another view of waterwheels on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “Where there are streams of sufficient force there are water wheels. The force of the water against the baffles turns the wheel, raising bamboo tubes which have collected water and emptying the tubes at the top into a trough, from which bamboos lead to the terraces to be irrigated.†[8]

  • Thumbnail for Calisthenics at West China Union University
    Calisthenics at West China Union University

    Calisthenics. Don Flaherty also witnessed a political demonstration while in Chengdu. “The students at Szechwan National University…which is just down the Min River from Chengtu, once obtained the release of a former City councilor arrested by the secret police…[O]ne evening when [the councilor] was walking down a city street he was grabbed by a man in a jeep and whisked off to an unlighted prison cell. His wife got in touch with the Student Self Government Association at Szechwan National University, where he was well known and admired because of his speeches `in the name of the people’ there…The next morning more than 2,000 students were on the march…About one in ten left his classes at West China Union to join the protest.†[71]

  • Thumbnail for Main Road - The City of Chengdu
    Main Road - The City of Chengdu

    “The road in from the bridge and the old South gate is one of the city’s main arteries.†[2]

  • Thumbnail for Building at Chongqing
    Building at Chongqing

    “My room was directly on the city wall at the top of a cliff overlooking the Chaling River. Below were the black tiled roofs of houses hugging the cliff with black wisps of smoke adding to the mistâ€

  • Thumbnail for Waterwheel on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Waterwheel on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “The water is raised by crude wooden chain lifts whose treadles are worked by the feet of of two, four, or even six men.†[8]

  • Thumbnail for Japanese Women Practicing  Firing Rifles
    Japanese Women Practicing Firing Rifles

    These women are learning how to fire rifles in an effort to help the Japanese fight during WWII.

  • Thumbnail for Bicycles in the City of Chengdu
    Bicycles in the City of Chengdu

    “In the last twenty years several of the city streets have been widened.†[68] On the modern, paved and widened streets photographed by Don Flaherty, bicycles now raced past rickshaws under the watchful gaze of modern police. “On the streets there are a few jeeps and civilian cars. At each bridge there is usually a broken-down truck, unable to make the grade. There are young Chinese, and foreigners of all ages on bicycles. There are many rickshaws: broken down public ones whose coolies wear straw sandals even in the coldest weather, and shiny private ones with pneumatic tires, upholstery, tiger skin lap robes, feather dusters and better dressed coolies.†[68-69]

  • Thumbnail for Traffic accident along the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Traffic accident along the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “As the driver [of the postal truck] started down the mountain he turned off his motor. I braced myself. As we free-wheeled around blind S-curves the driver leaned on his horn…When our momentum became so great that we couldn’t have gotten around the next curve on even two wheels, the driver reluctantly applied the brakes. The brakes were uneven, and the truck began swaying from side to side. I wondered whether I was lucky or unlucky to be seated so as to be unable to see where I would end.†[7]

  • Thumbnail for Plaque at temple in Kuanxian near Chengdu
    Plaque at temple in Kuanxian near Chengdu

    “There are annual sacrifices to Li-Ping at his temple at Kuanhsien, and his six characters advise to ‘Dig the channels deep and keep the dykes low’ is adhered to by a yearly cleaning of the irrigation canals.†[67]

  • Thumbnail for Traversing a river on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Traversing a river on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    Carrying an automobile across the water.

  • Thumbnail for Terracing along the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Terracing along the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    In his book Broken Bits Don Flaherty describes a trip he took from Chengdu to Hong Kong and back by truck, jeep, plane, train, and boat. The first leg of the trip, by road was by open, public truck crammed with goods, luggage, and passengers. “Once we passed from the Chengdu Plain, the country became rugged. But it continued to be intensely cultivated. There were terraces all of the way up the hillsides – sometimes twenty or more levels from the bottom. The geometry of man imposed on the ancient angry thrusts of nature.â€

  • Thumbnail for Bamboo and a farmhouse on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Bamboo and a farmhouse on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “Across the plain to the horizon were the small patches in shades of green. Scattered under bamboos turned ever so slightly yellow were the farmhouses of frame bamboo covered with bamboo matting and rice straw thatching. Occasionally there was a more prosperous, tile-roofed farmhouse surrounded by a wall. Inside were the family, the chickens, the pigs, the water buffalo.†[6-7]

  • Thumbnail for Wartime Japan
    Wartime Japan

    Expressing anti-American sentiment, American flags were painted on sidewalks to be trampled and defiled during WWII.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese boatman transporting a car across the river on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Chinese boatman transporting a car across the river on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    In Nei Kiang, Don Flaherty rendezvoused with friends to make the rest of the journey by jeep. The roads remained rough but passable with rivers crossed by ferry boat. “The ferrymen begin work at dawn, the postal truck for Chungking usually being the first vehicle across. Just at dawn we reached the end of the road, and drove the jeep aboard the ferry. While we were waiting for the ferrymen to arrive, Olin and I got some boiling water from a man selling tea, and , using the hood of the jeep as a dressing table washed and shaved. There was even time to eat some eggs poached in water sweetened with sugar and wine. The postal truck with my friends of the day before didn’t arrive, and we made the trip across all alone.†[12]

  • Thumbnail for Silver Street in the city of Chengdu
    Silver Street in the city of Chengdu

    Craftsmen engages in the same sort of work usually have shops on the same street. On sliver street, artisans fashion trays, tea services, eating utensils, and delicate filigree jewelry from pure silver…Since the war brought the aluminum skins of airplanes there has sprung up an aluminum street…[68]

  • Thumbnail for The Plain of Chengdu
    The Plain of Chengdu

    “In the Ch’in Dynasty Li-Ping became Governor of Szechwan and engineered the division of the water of the Min River as it enters the Chengtu Plain at Kuanhsien so that the whole plain is irrigated, and thanks to his genius there has never been a famine on the Chengdu Plain.†[67]

  • Thumbnail for Shop in the City of Chengdu
    Shop in the City of Chengdu

    “The shop fronts are open to the street, and are closed at night by putting boards in place. The family running the shop lives behind and over it in the same building.†[68]

  • Thumbnail for Handicrafts in the City of Chengdu
    Handicrafts in the City of Chengdu

    “There are also streets whose craftsmen…produce shoes, furniture, cotton goods, woolen cloth, silk embroideries, pewter, wood carvings, and pottery.†[68]

  • Thumbnail for Men and waterwheel on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Men and waterwheel on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    Men working in the countryside. This image captures a man operating a water wheel.