SINGAPORE (Dec 18): Around the same time as the old Silk Road came into existence as a trade route, the Tea Horse Road in southwestern China was also thriving. This steep and narrow pathway wound its way through the jungle and over the cloud-covered hills of Yunnan to transport tea by horse and donkey to the tables of emperors and other nobles in capitals as diverse as Xi’an, Nanjing and Beijing. It was a tendril of the Silk Road.

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