The Original Relationship of Mount Emei Tea and the Ancient Tea Horse Road

“Emei is the leader of the mountain; Samantabhadra is the eldest son of Buddha.” Regardless of its status among famous mountains and rivers, or its value in cultural inheritance, Mountain Emei is a highlight. Li Bai’s sentence “A half of the autumn moon on Mountain Emei, and its shadow enters the water flow of the Pingqiang River” has attracted countless people to think about the mountain moon. And Lu You’s words “The herbal medicine and Ganoderma lucidum come from an old man in Mountain Emei. Although the man is old, his body was stronger than after taking the golden elixir.”, which made countless people come to the mountains to search for immortality and medicine.

Mountain Emei is also an important junction on the Southern Silk Road and the Ancient Tea Horse Road, connecting Chengdu to the north, Ya’an to the west, Leshan and Yibin to the east, and Xichang and Yunnan to the south. “Leshan City Chronicles·Transportation Chronicles” records: “During the Taihe period, Li Zan, the military governor of Xichuan in Jiannan, took the Yangshan River to Dadu and set up a post in Emei.”

It is precisely because of the wonderful nature and humanity that Mountain Emei was included in the “World Cultural and Natural Heritage List” in 1996, becoming a world treasure renowned at home and abroad. This beautiful place gave birth to “One Mountain, One Tea, and  Mount Emei Tea” which is as famous as Mountain Emei.

 

At the foot of Mountain Emei Scenic Area in Sichuan, there is still an ancient town with a long history of thousands of years. It was not only the first stop on the Ancient Tea Horse Road from the plains to the mountains during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, but it was also one of the main birthplaces of the “Seventh Cave of Taoism” in Mountain Emei. The myths and legends that the immortal Lu Dongbin once traveled here are still circulated among the local people. Therefore, many ancient Taoist sites are still preserved in the ancient town, which is Luomu Ancient Town.

Luomu Ancient Town has gone through more than a thousand years of history today. Until the Tang Dynasty, many residents moved here to settle down, and until the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Luomu Ancient Town was already an ancient tea-horse post town where merchants gathered. Since the Tang Dynasty, Mount Emei tea has been designated as tribute tea by royal families of all dynasties, and it has moved from the land of abundance to both domestic and overseas markets.

 

There are still many very distinctive ancient buildings preserved in Luomu Ancient Town in Leshan. There are old teahouses along the street, ancient stages, and four or five traditional old-fashioned blacksmith shops on half of the street. The daily life scenes of people in the last century have been completely preserved, and walking in the ancient town gives people the illusion of traveling through time and space.

 

If you are tired of the nine-to-five job in the big city, then find some time to come to Luomu Ancient Town, drink a cup of Mount Emei tea, and give yourself a short break for your soul.

 

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