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Poling the Planet, Punting in China

An English boatman goes looking for his counterparts in Asia

Working for a living is the kind of common thread that can draw people together across the world. And even if you don’t really work for a living but just push the odd tourist up and down a river, well, it’s still a common bond that transcends boundaries.

James Bayliss-Smith is traveling the world on a mission to find other boatmen who use the same vessel with which he plies a trade on the river of Cambridge, UK when he’s not making videos. The Chinamen are delighted to see him.