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War and Alternative Routes

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  In the 1930s, Japan's military presence on Chinese territory wrecked havoc on major transportation routes, creating all kinds of geographical challenges for transporting supplies, the moveme...
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Bingdao Overboard

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The price of Bingdao tea which hails from a tea estate of that name in Mengku in Yunnan's southwest continues to spiral upwards. In recent years, it has fetched close to 10,000 yuan for 1,000 grams...
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Lijiang, Lhasa, Calcutta

Lijiang, Lhasa, Calcutta | Tea | Scoop.it
In July 1943, a large tea caravan of two hundred animals is bound for Lhasa. The men in the caravan include a canned food factory merchant and his twenty-one year old nephew Mudu. The horses are sa...
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Muleteer Interviews

Muleteer Interviews | Tea | Scoop.it
Some readers have emailed asking me to write more on muleteers. There is still much to explore on the subject: the particularities of the muleteers' lives interconnected with trade, war, migration,...
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The Tea Branches of Serendip

The Tea Branches of Serendip | Tea | Scoop.it
That wonderful passage from John Barth’s The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991): ‘You don't reach Serendip by plotting a course for it. You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lo...
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What I Have Learned About Tea (Part One of Two)

What I Have Learned About Tea (Part One of Two) | Tea | Scoop.it
I have come to know scores of people in the tea industry in Yunnan. I have observed and studied the craft and poetry of making tea and gravitated to those who live and breathe the green leaf. My se...
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Tea Porters

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Perhaps because human portage played a less economically significant role than the large—sometimes huge--yak, pony and mule caravans, and perhaps because there is little or no romance attached to t...
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Muleteer Taboos

Muleteer Taboos | Tea | Scoop.it
I briefly discussed linguistic taboos among the muleteers in a previous post, and here I am going to amplify on the subject. Linguistic taboos typically included diseases, death, killing animals, t...
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Muleteer's Time

Muleteer's Time | Tea | Scoop.it
Most if not all of my reading space in the past several months has hovered around muleteers, porters, trade routes, pack animals, destinations and arrivals. I have tended to lean towards a sweeping...
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Who is Inspector Shan?

Who is Inspector Shan? | Tea | Scoop.it
I have briefly mentioned Inspector Shan with friends and in previous posts. Inspector Shan is the main character in a crime fiction novel that takes place in late imperial China. The muleteers and ...
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What I Have Learned About Tea (Part Two of Two)

What I Have Learned About Tea (Part Two of Two) | Tea | Scoop.it
11. If using a ceramic bowl to make green tea, don't pour the water directly onto the tea leaves--again this will scald or burn them--but pour the water in a circular fashion around the rim of the ...
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