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Death-defying risks for a cup of tea
When the civil war of China ended in 1949, Tibetans carried bags of silver dollars on a long journey along a thousand-year old path through the mountains on an important mission: to ensure their tea supply. Emily Zhou reports THE PEOPLE OF TIBET and the surrounding high-plateau lands had a problem. They needed tea.…
Suzhou’s eternal gardens touch the soul
IN APRIL OF 1977, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was taken on a visit to one of the many legendary classical Chinese gardens of Suzhou. The one chosen for her was called The Garden of the Futility of Politics. The extraordinary name surely stuck in the British leader's mind--particularly as she would go on to…