The Chamagudao, or Tea-Horse Road, winds through dizzying mountain passes, across famed rivers like the Mekong and the Yangtze, and past monasteries and meadows in a circuitous route from Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces in western China to the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa. Following this legendary route, photographer Michael Yamashita takes a rare and enchanting look into the changing world of Tibet—ancient and modern, sacred and secular—before the legends and mysteries of the Tea-Horse Road disappear into the Tibetan mist.
Michael Yamashita is an American photographer who began working for National Geographic in 1979 and has since traveled to places as diverse as Somalia, Sudan, England, Ireland, and Papua New Guinea. For the past 10 years he has specialized in Asia, including China and Tibet. He is also an author of several photographic books published by White Star.