Horses and Tea and all manner of Roads

Shaxi Town, Yunnan
Up to no good on the old Horse and Tea Trade Route

I’ve been up and down the “horse and tea trade route” a few times. basically the road from Chengdu south to Bangkok, as far as I am concerned. It extends west all the way to Lhasa and beyond and north to Xi’an, but basically the middle half (Yunnan and Sichuan) is where a lot of the life is these days ….

I wrote about it in a few different places, like this piece on Shaxi back in the day and another for Skrewtips primarily about tea. Now I’m back at it for ChinaTravel with this series I am working on, starting with this overview of the Old Tea Horse Road and then today with a look at Xishuangbanna.

Later this week I’ll be talking to Jeffrey Fuchs and then slowly moving along the trail to write about Dali and Lugu Lake and Zhongdian (Shangri-la) and some other places along the way.

When its all done, I’ll try and dedicate a page here to it.

Sascha Matuszak
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