"Road of Lock"
Since ancient times, caravans have traveled via the Tea Horse Road between Lijiang in northern Yunnan and Kangding in southwest Sichuan. It has been an important trade route linking land-locked Sichuan and the border province of Yunnan. Caravans full of tea set off from Lijiang. After arriving at Kangding, wranglers load up their horses with Tibetan herbs, furs and game and then returned home. The length of this part of the Tea Horse Road is about 400 km long.
In 1928, American Botanist Joseph Lock set off from Lijiang, passing through Muli and Yading before finally reaching Daocheng. His experiences were published in National Geographic, and this route thereafter was named "Road of Lock".
Daocheng, located in the Sichuan province, is considered another Shangri-la hidden within the mountains of southwest China.
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Daocheng, subordinate to the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, possesses unique geographical features and natural scenery. The area is enveloped by waterfalls, thick forests, snow-capped mountains, and, of course, further enrichened by the culture of the Tibetan people.
The temperature in summer averages 24℃, much cooler than that of nearby cities Chengdu or Kunming.
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