Thursday July 3, 2008 | 3 comments
The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Travels with the Last of the Himalayan Muleteers
Jeff Fuchs. Toronto: Viking Canada, Penguin Group. 2008.
“Of all the items that I might part with, the dried unattractive lump of fermented Puer tea was the one I was least likely to give up.” With this, the author, Jeff Fuchs, seals his good favor with the tea drinker/adventurer reading The Ancient Tea Horse Road, his journey from Shangri-La to Kalimpong over one of the most ancient and treacherous of trade routes.
Some of it now paved over, the thirteen hundred mile journey still traverses gorges, glaciers and gigantic mountain ranges. Along the way, we learn the history, the culture, the tea traditions, and the strength of the people living along the path. Central is tea -as a commodity, a medicine, a recreation, and a livelihood. It is a fun and satisfying read – a fine adventure steeped in tea! Available at Amazon.