Shaoxing, China, a 2,500 year-old city, can be described as a museum without walls, but is also know to many as “the ‘City of Waters,’ ‘City of Bridges,’ ‘City of Calligraphy,’ ‘City of Tea,’ and ‘City of Scholars.'” The City of Scholars because of the numerous accomplished scholars or figures were born or lived here such as Yu the Great, ancient hero in prehistoric times is known for controlling floods, Wang Xizhi, the most well-know calligrapher in Chinese history, and Lu Xun, the father of modern Chinese literature.
This black awninged boat shows the mode of transportation within the extensive water canals across the city. Shoaxing also claims the uniqueness of the boats design, which can normally seat four to six. The boat’s steering and power comes from the driver sitting in the back rowing with both his feet and hands.