photo: lijian market, along the tea horse road, yunnan, china

lijiang open air market, yunnan region, china

The town of Lijian has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road.

Jeff  Fuchs is a noted tea writer, traveler and explorer; he was the first Westerner to traverse the Ancient Tea Horse Road, one of the globe’s most arduous journeys and daunting trade routes. This trek took almost eight months to complete,the path of which took tea over 6,000 kilometers into the mighty Himalayas to sate the unquenchable thirst of the Tibetans.  You can read an interview with Jeff here.

This fabled road provided both a lifeline and access route that contributed immeasurably to both the Himalayas and China.

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