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Lashihai Lake Culture

Across the dangerous hills and rivers of Hengduan Mountain Range (spanning from the west of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces to the southeast of Tibet), in the wild lands and forests across "the Rooftop of the World", a mysterious ancient road winds and wonders. It is one of the most heart quaking roads on this planet. For thousands of years, numerous caravans had been quietly traveling along it. Standing on the Road, you can still see clearly the some-70cm-deep holes in the stone plates by stamping of horse hooves. And it seems they have numerous stories to tell. The aged Mhanee altars on roadside are engraved with all sorts of religious scriptures and mottos. This, is the Ancient Tea-Horse Road, one of the world's highest and most precipitous ancient roads which carries and spreads civilization and culture.


The ancient Tea Horse Road was a trade route mainly through Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet. In ancient times, people in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces exchanged tea for horses or medicines with people in Tibet. The tea, the medicine and the other materials were transported by Mabang (caravans), and thus the pathway was called the Tea Horse Road.


The Yunnan-Tibet Tea Horse Road was formed roughly in the late part of the 6th century. It began from Simao (思茅/a main tea producing area) to Lhasa, crossing Pu'er in Xishuangbannan, Dali , Lijiang, and Shangri-La, continuing to Nepal, Burma and India. Therefore, it was a critical trade route connecting to Southern Asia.


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