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Retracing the Tea Horse Trade–the forgotten path

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FAMOUS hanging bridge that figured prominently in Mao Zedong's Long March

In an effort to gather more information about the Tea Horse Trade, I drove out to the village of Shu-he. Here, a museum had been set up by a private company to commemorate the age-old exchange of horses and tea leaves between China and Tibet.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Retracing the Tea Horse Trade–the forgotten path

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Aside from the famous Silk Road, there was another lesser known network of paths used by what is now called the Tea Horse Trade. This Trade involved the ancient exchange between China and Tibet, with tea coming from the former and horses from the latter.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Tibet Buddhism’s 17th Karmapa is one of two

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HIS HOLINESS Tibetan Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje captivates followers with his vaunted serenity, regal bearing and movie-star looks. RODEL ROTONI

The visit to the country this week of an eminent holy man has highlighted a controversial issue within the Karma Kagyu, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Designing Tibet

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Rummaging through the bins of a second-hand store in Makati, I came upon a volume with a curious title: ” Imagining Tibet.” That’s when it struck me that, indeed, the Land at the Roof of the World is a place that exists not only on this planet but in our minds. The 1957 book by Peter Goullart, “Forgotten Kingdom,” and the more recent “Searching for Shangri-La,” by Laurence Brahm (published in 2003), are additional examples which show how this entire region has been mythologized by writers from the West. The lovely paintings by the Russian mystic Nicholas Roerich of lonely citadels set in an expanse of mist shrouded peaks also helped to further enhance European fascination.Forgotten Kingdom,

Posted: December 24th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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