Actually, this "crowded" old canal is tame compared to REALLY crowded shots on the bigger rivers and ports of old China.
Notice the woman in the closest boat, going about one of her daily chores.
★ Singer/Songwriter BOB DYLAN liked this old photo so much, he copied it onto canvass in 2011 --- garnering both fame and infamy for his artistic plagiarism.
From a group of original 1895-1935 glass lantern slides depicting scenes and people in pre-WW2 China. The coloring is not mine. They were tinted by hand using fine brushes at the time the slides were made. With only a few exceptions, the size of the slides is 3 1/4 inches x 4 inches, with the centered image being smaller depending on the size of the border matte. I have cropped away the matte for most of these flickr posts. Enjoy..