Walking storyteller begins historic trek through China’s heartland

Writing from Yunnan Province in southern China, Paul Salopek resumes his 24,000-mile foot journey across the world after a long pandemic delay.

An archway marks the edge of historic Heshun, near Tengchong, in the far southwest of Yunnan Province. Built during the Ming Dynasty, Heshun was an important caravan stop on the southwestern route of the ancient Silk Road.
Photograph by Zhou Na

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