About the Author
Jeff Fuchs is a Canadian award-winning explorer, author and tea purveyor who is based in Zhongdian (Shangri-La) in northwestern Yunnan, China. Fuchs came to prominence when he became the first westerner ever to travel and document the entire length of the Tea Horse Road; a journey that took more than seven months and ranged over 5,000 kilometers through Yunnan, Sichuan, Tibet, Nepal, and India. Fuchs was described by feature writer Bill Roberts in an expedition piece in Outpost Magazine, as a "charmingly volatile mix of Anglo-Hungarian genes", and a "languid hard man with a soft touch". Fuchs was awarded the 2011 Wild China Explorer of the Year for his first western documentation and expedition along a nomadic salt route in southern Qinghai, province (Amdo). As well as acting as a mountain guide in Yunnan province, Fuchs is the co-founder of Jalamteas, which sources rare Puerh teas from southern Yunnan, and is a self-confessed tea addict. He works with Wild China running award-winning journeys along the Tea Horse Road. His most recent expedition was to lead a Canadian team along a never-before documented pilgrim path culminating in the legendary and sacred 4,800 meter Sho'la Pass on the Yunnan-Tibet border. His photos and stories have appeared on three continents in award-winning publications such as UNESCO, Kyoto Journal, TRVL, Outpost, and the South China Post Newspaper amongst others. His photo work of indigenous people rests in private collections around the world. Jeff, who is fluent in Mandarin and Tibetan has worked with schools and universities, giving talks the importance of oral traditions, tea, and mountain cultures. He has authored two papers for UNESCO on Tibetan nomad perceptions of climate change, and indigenous perspectives of ancient tea forests in southwestern Yunnan.