China, Horses at Lashi Lake, near Lijiang, Yunnan Province. This lake, which sits on the southern slope of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, at an altitude of 7,995 feet (2,437 meters), is part of the Lijiang – Lashihai Plateau Wetland Nature Reserve (established in 1998). This is the place to be if you’re a bird watcher; many thousands of birds migrate here each year, an estimated 57 species, including 9 endangered species, call this their winter home. Lashi Lake is also a starting point of the Ancient Tea Horse Road. Dating back over 1,000 years, this tea route connected Yunnan, Burma, Tibet, Bengal, Sichuan and central China. During its peak, it was the longest ancient trade route in the world; the route travels a distance of over 6,000 miles (10,000 km).
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