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 famous route? If so, you better act quickly! The WildChina Explorer Grant application deadline is fast approaching! Potential applicants have until November 15, 2011, to e-mail their applications toexpedition@wildchina.com.

The WildChina staff is not the only group excited about viewing the incoming applications.  Our WildChina Explorer Grant Panel of Ed Wong of the The New York Times, Li Bo of Friends of Nature and Yu Hui of National Geographic Traveler China are also looking forward to seeing what creative ideas in China travel are pushed forward.



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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2 Responses to Wild China Explorer Grant for 2012

  1. Mikey Leung says:

    Who won this grant for this year, and what’s the upcoming new route?? Very curious to know.

    Also, would like to know if you are going to host another Kawakarpo Trek, as I think you did two years ago when I browsed your site?

    • JeffFuchs says:

      Not sure who won it this year. Finished up a Kawa Karpo trek this past October/Nov and in the process of organizing a sponsored expedition for mid-February that will end at Kawa Karpo’s north face…seeing it twice in such a short span is humbling. I’ll be posting shortly about the upcoming journey.


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