Mt. Tianbao July 2012

TweetYang Xiao was out and about in the Tianbao range, just south of Shangri-la, during the last days of June/first days of July. It’s not the most favourable time of year for weather, but you have to be prepared for a bit of rain to see the best of the region’s wildflowers. As this is [...]

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Mt. Laojun Exploration

TweetOver the May holidays Yang Xiao escaped the crush in Dali and returned to Laojunshan, which we first visited on the Tea Trail to the Yangtze exploratory trek in May 2010. We failed to find a viable south-north route over the range to Shitou on that occasion; Yang Xiao hoped to do better this time [...]

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On the Trail of Ancient Tea

TweetThis blog recounts a few of our adventures on a tentative research trip to Xishuangbanna, home to most of China’s ancient tea trees and possibly the origin of tea itself. We visited in late-November/early December 2012, travelling by bus from Kunming via Pu’er. You can see another (and more considered) account of this journey on [...]

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