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SHAXI MARKET AREA

SHAXI MARKET AREA
Yunnan Province , China
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BACKGROUND

The Shaxi Market Area, located in China’s Yunnan Province on the historic Tea and Horse Caravan Trail that links Tibet with Southeast Asia, is the most complete surviving example of a trading center along this route. The Shaxi Market contains an intact theater, guesthouses for merchants, a temple precinct, and is surrounded by protective gates. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Shaxi Market Area was included on the 2002 Watch. A multi-phased project was established after a comprehensive condition assessment was undertaken. The first phase of the project included the restoration of the two most prominent buildings on the town’s market square: the theater stage and the museum. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Shaxi Market Area is set along the historic Tea and Horse Caravan Trail that linked Tibet with Southeast Asia. From the fourteenth to ninteenth centuries similar sites would have been common. These marketplaces served a verity of functions for travelers along the route including trading outposts, shelter areas, entertainment, and houses of worship. (...)