An Ebook of “The Ancient Tea Horse Road” is in the works

After much advice – some not so subtle – from friends, readers, and audience members from the recent Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals, I’ve sped up work on the creation of the ebook version of my book “The Ancient Tea Horse Road”. Plans were in the works, but a certain ‘push’ has now been introduced. One student from the YCIS school in Shanghai, where I spoke, asked directly why I hadn’t gotten it done yet. That sort of sealed it right there. Will update as it progresses.

About JeffFuchs

Bio Having lived for most of the past decade in Asia, Fuchs’ work has centered on indigenous mountain cultures, oral histories with an obsessive interest in tea. His photos and stories have appeared on three continents in award-winning publications Kyoto Journal, TRVL, and Outpost Magazine, as well as The Spanish Expedition Society, The Earth, Silkroad Foundation, The China Post Newspaper, The Toronto Star, The South China Morning Post and Traveler amongst others. Various pieces of his work are part of private collections in Europe, North America and Asia and he serves as the Asian Editor at Large for Canada’s award-winning Outpost magazine. Fuchs is the Wild China Explorer of the Year for 2011 for sustainable exploration of the Himalayan Trade Routes. He recently completed a month long expedition a previously undocumented ancient nomadic salt route at 4,000 metres becoming the first westerner to travel the Tsa’lam ‘salt road’ through Qinghai. Fuchs has written on indigenous perspectives for UNESCO, and has having consulted for National Geographic. Fuchs is a member of the fabled Explorers Club, which supports sustainable exploration and research. Jeff has worked with schools and universities, giving talks on both the importance of oral traditions, tea and mountain cultures. He has spoken to the prestigious Spanish Geographic Society in Madrid on culture and trade through the Himalayas and his sold out talk at the Museum of Nature in Canada focused on the enduring importance of oral narratives and the Himalayan trade routes. His recently released book ‘The Ancient Tea Horse Road’ (Penguin-Viking Publishers) details his 8-month groundbreaking journey traveling and chronicling one of the world’s great trade routes, The Tea Horse Road. Fuchs is the first westerner to have completed the entire route stretching almost six thousand kilometers through the Himalayas a dozen cultures. He makes his home in ‘Shangrila’, northwestern Yunnan upon the eastern extension of the Himalayan range where tea and mountains abound; and where he leads expeditions the award winning ‘Tea Horse Road Journey’ with Wild China along portions of the Ancient Tea Horse Road. To keep fueled up for life Fuchs co-founded JalamTeas which keeps him deep in the green while high in the hills.
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6 Responses to An Ebook of “The Ancient Tea Horse Road” is in the works

  1. Elisa says:

    Oh good, now my book club might actually choose it to read 🙂

  2. Pau says:

    I really will recommend it to our book club!!!
    These stories make you feel part of the trips and adventures Jeff and his friends have, hear and discover along their trips.
    Can’t wait to go back to Yunnan, spend hours in the market at Zhongdian. Can’t wait to spend days staring at the Meili range from Fei Lai Si walk around there and drink baijiu with the musicians at the inn …

    Thank you Jeff, Dakpa, Dorje and all the other people!!!

    • JeffFuchs says:

      Wonderful note of endorsement and you are quite right to include the ‘characters’ from the book: Dorje, Dakpa and the rest of the crew. They are one of aspects that gave – and give still – so much colour to this part of the world.

      I too look forward to seeing the ebook version. Pierre at CSF publishing is himself a great photographer and he wants the book to be even more photo heavy.

      thanks for the words Pau,

      • Pau says:

        About the ebook:

        it is a great idea to add more images, photographs, drawings …
        One thing I have done while reading the book is a list of the places, towns, mountain passes and villages you happen to cross on your way. My plan is to make a map (although I know I won’t find half of the places you mention) and hope to visit some of these locations some day.
        Have you thought about adding some maps, even if they are hand drawn, in your ebook?

        • JeffFuchs says:

          Your note addresses one of the big points for the upcoming ebook: the map. In discussions about the map as it was conspicuously absent in the hard-copy and for this kind of book, one needs a map to give breadth to the geography – particularly when it comes to the Himalayas and the more remote zones.

          thanks for taking the time and I think at the very least one hand drawn effort will appear.


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