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Songjè and a Sacred Lake – Part l of ll

Bells chime through the wet air and the odd manic high-pitched wail of urging in Tibetan rips over the grassland. Plodding through the pine and spruce are the sagging, deflated bodies of mules lugging packs that dwarf them. Their day … Continue reading

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“Yunnan Tea Road” Article in award winning TRVL

Arriving back to Zhongdian (aka Shangri-La) to wet, hints of snow in the surrounding mountains, and the usual fun and games getting up-to-date with the goings on in our old town.  Building goes on, buildings go up and the sound … Continue reading

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Global Times Interview with Jeff Fuchs

Interview with the “Global Times” on the importance and enduring legacy of the Tea Horse Road 

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Kawa Karpo Expedition Updates

      The ‘routes through the sky’ have long brought faith, economics and migration together in an unending stream of life Our expedition has been generously joined by additional sponsorship and assistance from Canada’s  Zoomermedia, travelling ‘off the beaten … Continue reading

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Expedition February 2012 – Ancient Trade Route to Sacred Mountain

Back to the comforting cold and silence of ‘Shangrila’ here in northwestern Yunnan in preparation for another Outpost Magazine exclusive. Revo Polarized sunglasses, Mountain Hardwear, and our own Jalamteas are sponsoring (and happily fuelling) a ‘western first’ along an ancient … Continue reading

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Wild China Explorer Grant for 2012

  Applications for the WildChina Explorer Grant due soon! By: WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China Sustainable Travel WildChina Experts WildChina Explorer Grant Interested in exploring forgotten villages in Guizhou? Have a passion for the traditional art of rug weaving from Xinjiang? Itching to retrace a … Continue reading

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First Steps and a Phalanx of Bodies

In their wonderfully tangible way mountains introduce, stymie and beckon. Heading northwest from Gyalthang (Zhongdian) through rows of brown folds Michael and I drop in altitude into the ‘rongba’ (valley towns) of hot valley floors only to ascend again into … Continue reading

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A Nomadic Mountain and a Yak God – Genyen and Brongri

  Brongri is a mountain god that is only called upon when nomadic disputes have reached a level when they cannot be solved by the mortal will. It should be noted that the Tibetan nomadic mortal will, whether in pursuit … Continue reading

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A bus, A Cherub and More Hills

  Gansa is no more – back to Xining and onto one of those bizarre 15 hour bus rides that become like their own little worlds. Bunk beds and cell phones everywhere and a populace of forty-five or so that … Continue reading

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Mr. Lu’s Dong Ding – A Flight of Taiwanese Fancy in Qinghai

Days of wandering the mountains and the sturdy nomadic corridors of Qinghai and Gansu have brought Taiwan’s world of lush Oolongs to my mind, though there are little external or obvious links…perhaps it is simply a ‘thirst’. Years have passed … Continue reading

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