In time the disturbances created by the communist uprising, like every political and military upheaval before it, were followed by a temporary restoration of relative peace and order. In a few weeks communication and transport between the capital city and the inland towns along the Min River returned to their normal state. There were then eight steamboats plying between Hookow and Foochow. The steamboats competed with one another, striving to get cargo and passenger traffic. There were no regulations governing the rates or the fares nor any agreedupon schedules of sailing.