The Tea Horse Road (c) 2017
Memorial statues of Chamadao tea merchants in Ya’an Sichuan

Civilizations depend on roads to connect, and a ancient road through Southwestern China, Tibet, Northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bengal, and Myanmar has been fusing cultures for centuries. The Tibetan Plateau is too harsh for most vegetables to grow, and Tibetan people’s consumption of vitamin relies greatly on tea, and tea also help them to digest the heavy meat that they eat daily, so you may find in Tibet that as long as there is a table, there is a table of Tibetans drinking tea. Continue reading “The Tea Horse Road”