Inquiry Topic: Local Trade/Tea Horse Trail

The topic that stood out for me was local trade/Tea Horse Trail, and this is the inquiry project I will be focused on during my Microcampus trip. After some research, I found out that the tea and antique trade present in XiZhou greatly impacted the people living there and this made me extra curious about the origins and development of the trail. From the opportunities given by this trip, I would like to discover more about the local antique trade because I feel like each small, fragile, decorative antique has their own significance and cultural relevance behind it, which meant I could explore the cultures and traditions of XiZhou and bond with the people by having insightful conversations about the antiques and their stories.

I am Clark W. and I am super excited about my adventures in XiZhou, YunNan. I was born in Pennslyvania, Lancaster and had lived in Shanghai since I was 2 years old. My inquiry project will be focused on tea culture/photography because I am passionate and curious about these two fields of study. I hope that I could experience China outside the "bubble" and become more independent throughout this experience