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Tea Horse Road : China's ancient trade road to Tibet

Author: Michael Freeman; Selena Ahmed
Publisher: Bangkok : River Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the longest and most dramatic trade routes of the ancient world, the Tea Horse Road carried a crucial exchange for 13 centuries between China and Tibet. China need war horses to protect its northern frontier, and Tibet could supply them. When the Tibetans discovered tea in the 7th century, it became a staple of their diet, but its origins are in southwest China, and they had to trade for it. The result was a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Freeman; Selena Ahmed
ISBN: 6167339538 9786167339535
OCLC Number: 898087601
Notes: Previously published: 2011.
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 23 cm
Contents: Tea mountains --
The Stone Road --
High passes, deep gorges --
The grasslands --
The Burma Road --
The high plateau.
Other Titles: China's ancient trade road to Tibet
Responsibility: Michael Freeman, Selena Ahmed.

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"One of the longest and most dramatic trade routes of the ancient world, the Tea Horse Road carried a crucial exchange for 13 centuries between China and Tibet. China need war horses to protect its northern frontier, and Tibet could supply them. When the Tibetans discovered tea in the 7th century, it became a staple of their diet, but its origins are in southwest China, and they had to trade for it. The result was a network of trails covering more than 3,000 kilometres through forests, gorges and high passes onto the Himalayan plateaus, traversed by horse, mule and yak caravans, and human porters. It linked cultures, economies and political ambitions, and lasted until the middle of the twentieth century. Re-tracing the many branches of the Road, photographer and writer Michael Freeman spent two years compiling this remarkable visual record, from the tea mountains of southern Yunnan and Sichuan to Tibet and beyond. Collaborating on this fascinating account, ethnobotantist Selena Ahmed's description of tea and bio-cultural diversity in the region draws on her original doctoral research." -- Publisher's description

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