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Tibet’s ancient salt-Tibetan sheep road sees previous prosperity

Publish Time: 2018-07-25 Author: Tian Ruolin From: Kangba TV

Photo shows Kaqingcuo Salt Lake in Yanhu Township, Geji County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region. (Photo/Zhao Yan) 

Hundreds of years ago, over 50 salt workshops stationed in Ngari Prefecture’s Yanhu Township to collect salt.  

Due to the poor traffic conditions, these workshops collected natural salt and transported it to other places, such as Ngari Prefecture’s Purang, Shigatse, India, Nepal, in wool woven bags by Tibetan sheep to barter daily necessities, like highland barley and brick tea.  

Gradually, the way was known as salt-Tibetan sheep road. The custom of carrying salt by Tibetan sheep has been included in the fifth batch of Tibet’s representative intangible cultural heritage items list.  

Salt manually collected by villagers from Yanhu Township, Geji County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region from Kaqingcuo Salt Lake. (Photo/Zhao Yan) 

Photo shows villagers from Yanhu Township, Geji County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region collecting salt from Kaqingcuo Salt Lake by hand. (Photo/Zhao Yan)  

Photo shows villagers from Yanhu Township, Geji County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region collecting salt from Kaqingcuo Salt Lake by hand. (Photo/Zhao Yan)  

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