A black-and-white photograph showing a junk with stowed sails and its captain at a river ford. A stone arch bridge can be seen in the background, and the slopes of a village can be seen on the left. A junk is a type of Chinese sailing vessel, 16 to 40 metres long. Because of their shape and carrying capacity, junks gradually became one of the most successful types of ship for river and sea navigation in history. They can be recognised by their characteristic sails.
The photograph is the 151st of 449 photographs of Beijing and its surroundings in the album of Ivan Skušek Jr., purchased during his stay in Beijing (1914–1920). In the handwritten inventory of the album, the photograph is referred to as Dschunke am Kaiser-Kanal. (DZ, MV)