Photographer's Note

Two sisters in deep conversation row by. They live on a barge that is headed up river on the Wei (The Wei river flows into the Yellow river).

The family barge has stopped, waiting its turn through the one lock at a dam along the Wei at GuZhen Town.

Later I had time to chat and enjoy hearing about their life along the river. This is the home these sisters have mostly known. Though the photo has caught them in a rather intense mood, shortly they were bright with laughter and sister fun.

Not many Westerners visit this place and it was a rare treat for us both to interact. This barge takes about an 8 hour pause as the locks intake only two at a time. At the time of this photo there were about eleven barges ahead of them.

Later the girls rowed back to home (barge) pulled it aboard and went about their duties. Everyone has tasks. I also noticed that the locks stoppage presented time for chat and many families would jump from barge to barge enjoying river talk and friendship.

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