Tea Horse Road

The Chamadao, literally translated as "Tea Horse Road" or "Tea Horse Path", was a central trade route for exchanging Tibetan horses and Chinese tea. The corridor came to play a crucial role in the communication and exchange between the cultures of present-day Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet. There were 2 main routes - from the tea growing areas of Yunnan and Sichuan. Both "finished" in Lhasa. Currently only the former route includes sites inscribed as WHS. See http://www.cpamedia.com/trade-routes/tea-horse-road-historical-perspective/

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Ancient Tea Plantations of Pu'er "Pu’er City was the centre of tea collection and distribution for important transportation routes, including the Ancient Tea Horse Road." (AB ev)
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Dujiangyan claims to be a part of tea horse road, as the caravan stopped in the old city and paid respect to city god shrine in Yuleishan, a part of Dujiangyan Scenic Area.
Old Town of Lijiang
Potala Palace
Three parallel rivers of Yunnan centred on Deqen/Dequing in the Baima-Melli snow mountain sub-area of the site


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