Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Kiosk at the Old Tea Horse Road

The Old Tea Horse Road (马古道) had been a trade road like the Silk Road, much shorter, but still long enough and a network rather than a single road. The name comes from the horses on which tea has been transported to Tibet, especially to Lhasa. The tea had been pressed into bricks, which were then covered and put on the horses. The roads and paths were winding through the valleys and mountains of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet.

The small kiosk for handmade souvenirs has taken the name of the road and might prospering in the future as lots of inland tourists will pass this roadside house. The Sichuan-Tibet Railway (川藏铁路) will also take this route, but I guess for our kiosk it won’t have much impact. The kiosk sells handmade objects like containers and bowls. In the name of the kiosk you find: 民间手工艺, which means folk handicraft. The bust of Mao Zedong (毛泽东) might be a remnant of other times.



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