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The Tea Horse Road: China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet Hardcover – March 16, 2011
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Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has resulted in more than 100 books published. Of these, he is author as well as photographer, and they include more than 40 books on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.
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Top Customer Reviews
So begins the tale of this book. As the title of this book suggests the topic is about an extensive network of physical pathways and small local routes that came to be collectively known as the Tea Horse Road. For centuries, this road carried tea out of the forests of Yunnan Province, China to the faraway lands of Tibet, Nepal, India and Burma.
Astonishing in its feat and staggering in its abundance of perils and danger, the importance of the Tea Horse Road was so great that a former trade route-the Southwest Silk Road (Xi'nan Sichouzhilu)-connecting China with neighboring countries (and carrying such goods as silk, jade, wool, furs, tobacco, salt, and silver from east to west and back again) was renamed the Tea Horse Road (Chama Dao) after tea became the most sought after commodity traveling along the route.
Beginning in the 7th C the Tea Horse Road transported tea up over the Himalaya by caravans of men and mules. This road served this essential duty until the mid-20th C when paved, motorized highways made the transport of tea faster and easier and rendered the perilous old routes obsolete.
This book is imposing in size (340 pages) and considerably heavy. At first glance it appears as though it might be just another pretty coffee table picture book. Indeed, wonderful black and white photographs appear throughout and offer stark contrast to vivid color images of the rugged landscape and hearty people who live in this area of China and Tibet.
But readers who sit and linger with this book will find that it contains riches.Read more ›
informative. There is a LOT to read between the lines. Obviously, Selena Amed
and Michael would never have been allowed to do this project if they had
been as frank as you would like.
THere is no mention of the religious oppression and cultural devastation that the
Tibetans have endured since the invasion of their country by CHina's
"Liberation Army". There is brief mention of the Hydro Electric "projects" that
China is working on that will create mass flooding and displace hundreds of thousands
of people and destroy ecosystems that we can barely imagine.
There are brief hints at the devastation of "modernization" of rural areas; environmentally,
culturally and health/nutritionally.
So, if you want a frank and honest essay on this region of the East, pass this one up,
but if you want an incredible view into the terrain and a bit of the history and culture then
this is an incredible volume. And I'm mean Incredible, both literary, photographically
and HEFT wise.
Michael, Selena, We need a kindle version of this book. It is incredibly uncomfortable to
read other than sitting at a study table with it lying flat. It's 1 & 1/2 inches thick and just
under 12 x 12 inches in width and height with very good quality thick photographic, gloss
pages. It's also a serious hardback book. Each cover is 3/16 inch, cloth bound and page binding is excellent.
Beautiful for a gift/coffee table book, but not very practical to read on the couch due to the
awkward size and the heft.Read more ›
It's a unique book to learn about The Tea Horse Road. I highly recommend it to everybody, for its contents, the photographs and to get an excellent knowledge about tea and history.
I feel happy. This is a short and urgent feedback, as I did not have time to read it yet, but just opened it and with a short look inside, you have already the feeling you have a treasure in your hands.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazingly beautiful book. I would love to travel part of this history someday.Published 2 months ago by Pamela Batchelor
This presented a facet of tea that I had never heard of before. I was privileged to hear the author give a presentation in Los Angeles. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JR
Full-bleed, heavy-stock paper gives this book a strong presence, and the large format gives it heft. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Kurt Allerslev