Dr Joseph Rock taking a photograph of the 'Kunming' aircraft, near Lijiang
© 2018 Historical Photographs of China
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: FD-s223. Dr Joseph Rock (1884-1962), Austrian-American botanist, geologist, adventurer and ethnologist. The 'Kunming' was a Ford Tri-motor aircraft, photographed here at the natural landing field north of Lijiang (Likiang). Dr Rock had chartered the plane to take aerial photographs of the Yulong Xueshan range (in the background of this photograph) and the upper Yangtzi gorges. It was the first airplane to reach Lijiang. See 'Lamas, Princes, and Brigands' by Michael Aris - on page 34 there is another photograph of the same scene, taken soon after FD-s223. The Nashi or Naxi, are an official minority group, living in Yunnan and Sichuan, China. See http://www.josephrock.net/.
Black and white photograph
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