328 cultural relics along ancient Tea-Horse Road exhibited in Gansu

The ancient Tea-Horse Road exhibition opened on March 22 in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province, displaying a total of 328 cultural relics, showing the origin, development and prosperity of the ancient road, Lanzhou Morning Post reported.

This exhibition is promoted by the Silk Road Museums Special Committee of the Chinese Association of Museums, and put together by provincial museums of Gansu, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan provinces as well as Tibet and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions.

The ancient Tea-Horse Road served as an important trade route among ethnic Tibetans, Hans and people of various ethnic groups in western China during the Tang Dynasty(618-907 A.D.). In the southern part, it traversed the Hengduan Mountain and the Himalaya across the borders of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet as well as the Jinsha River, the Lancang River and the Nujiang River basin, stretching eastward to the Pearl River Basin and all the way to Southeast Asia. In the northern part, the ancient Tea-Horse Road, as an offshoot route of the ancient Silk Road, helped the nomadic people of ethnic minorities to obtain tea and salt. The north and south ancient roads, linking the northwest and southwest of China and stretching to South Asia as well as Southeast Asia, has been taken as a passageway for different ethnic groups in western China to migrate, interact and integrate, and contributed to China’s economic and cultural exchanges and the spread of civilization. It is the only ancient post road in the country that is still in use today.