The Tea & Horse Caravan Trails once rivaled the Silk Road in importance. For more than 1,000 years, this network of trading routes connected the disparate peoples and cultures of western China, reaching all the way to India via Tibet. Dizzying river valleys and towering mountain ranges made these the toughest caravan routes in the world.

Historian and adventurer Ed Jocelyn shares his recent experiences of organizing horse and mule caravans to retrace these ancient trails in Yunnan Province. He discusses the challenges, thrills and dangers of the muleteers life, and considers the prospects for preserving or even reviving caravan culture.

About the speaker Ed Jocelyn
Ed Jocelyn is among the most original explorers and historians working in China today. Ed holds a Ph.D in history and is the Wests leading authority on the Long March. An Australian-born Englishman who has lived in China since 1997, Ed turned to field study in 2002 when he launched the New Long March project with his old friend Andrew McEwen. Their aim was to retrace the entire Long March on foot.

In the following five years, Ed trekked 8,000 miles through remote parts of China, creating a unique documentary record of the Long March trail and the people who live along it C including many who fought with and against the Reds, or witnessed this epic event more than 70 years ago.
The story of Ed's first journey is told in The Long March, co-written with Andrew McEwen and published in five languages in 2006-7.

Ed is now pursuing his new project, seeking to map, document and re-connect the ancient pathways of the Tea & Horse Caravan Trail in Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet.

Venue: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
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