Tibet travel - On the ancient tea trail

The Tea Trade has existed between areas of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet Tibet tour for over 1,000 years. This trade has had a profound impact on both cultures and was one of the primary commodities, along with horses, that served as the reason to blaze roads and trails through some of the most dramatic mountain and canyon country in the world.

The trade for hardy Tibetan horses was a key to Chinese frontier policy from the Tang Dynasty onward. The robust Tibetan mounts were used extensively by Chinese cavalry who were entrusted with defending the Chinese frontiers from nomadic tribes from Central Asia. In return, Chinese tea became a mainstay in the diet and social life of Tibetans, as it remains today. Tea provided the necessary nutrients to offset the meat and dairy-dominated diet of Tibetans, and it also served to reinforce many of the social customs in the mountainous plateau country. Additionally, the tea trade was a financial resource which provided support for the widespread network of lamaseries that dot the Tibetan landscape. It also served to unite many of the far-flung and isolated Tibetan communities in eastern Tibet Luxury China tour packages.

Tea was brought to the Tibetan highlands China travel deals over a number of extended trade routes through the high passes and deep canyons of Tibet. The two primary routes started from tea source areas around Ya’an in Sichuan province and Ximao in Yunnan province. The Ya’an route ran directly west to modern day Kanding where tea was transshipped from human porters to yak caravans headed to Lhasa. The tea trail branched after Kanding – the north branch running through the ancient Trehor kingdoms and through Derge while the south branch ran through Litang and the Chinese trading community of Batang and then via the spectacular canyons of the Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha Jiang (Yangtze) river systems. Both branches rejoined in Chamdo in eastern Tibet to track west to Lhasa. The Yunnan route ran north through the canyons of the Jinsha Jiang and Lancang rivers to Chamdo where it joined the Ya’an routes.

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