THE LEGENDARY TEA HORSE ROAD
An old winding road; the main trade link between tea-producing regions in China and tea enthusiasts of Tibet. Mules and human porters carried wildly heavy loads of tea and other goods through inhospitable pathways. Buyers, undeterred, would wait. The Tibetans, you see, craved Chinese tea and the Chinese, well they wanted Tibet’s Nangchen—ponies revered for their sturdy might. This went on for centuries, this ancient trading of tea for horses and horses for tea. Over and over again. Trade is a huge part of tea’s history. Good trades and bad. Trades of all forms and fancies. It’s far less complicated at Platform T. It’s not that we don’t want your ponies, we’d just rather serve you tea.