In a little bit of early-year news, I will speak and present at the 10th Annual Shanghai International Literary Festival (and will also be speaking at the Capital Literary Festival [Beijing] along with such notable figures as Amy Tan and Matt Groening. It will make for an intense shift from our proposed expedition in the mountains into the frenzy and hustle of the big cities. Hoping all of you who can do make it out for more of my obsessive ramblings about the old trade routes through the mountains. For more information the links below give a nice little spread:
One of my favourite sites: the often understated but fiercely mule caravan which was for so much of the Himalayas and Yunnan a common and crucial site.