Skip to comments.These Tea Farmers Haul Their Harvest on Motorcycles Through the Deadliest Mountain Trails
Posted on 01/27/2021 7:25:09 AM PST by texas booster
A mountain's thin air and rocky soil can make it an inhospitable place to grow crops. But for all the challenges these conditions present farmers with, they can reward them in equal measures, such as with cold temperatures, dry air, and reduced dependence on pesticides.
Actually going to market, however, requires hauling one's produce down the mountain—a task not for the faint of heart. In some tea-growing regions of Southeast Asia, the quickest way is via the biggest motor vehicles that can maneuver down mountainous trails: Motorcycles.
Recent videos uploaded to social media show farmers traversing the treacherous terraces of a tea plantation on bikes, which offer a brief overview of high-altitude tea growth. In these clips, farmers ride a small fleet of Suzuki GN125Hs; entry-level "standard" bikes with upright riding positions, five-speed chain drives, and single-overhead-cam, air-cooled one-cylinder engines. Their simplicity of use makes them ideal for transporting bundles of tea down paths where even a moment's distraction could spell disaster.
Whatever the case, it's impressive just how brave these farmers are for eloquently riding their motorcycles along these narrow passages. In some cases, they have to stop and back up for three-point turns, and sometimes even employ the help of others to hold the bikes from behind so they don't fall down the mountain.
There are many crops that grow in inhospitable places around the world that require dangerous collecting methods, but this one is definitely up there in terms of risk. Just think about that next time you sip on a hot cup of tea.
Makes learning to drive a motorcycle in the US look ... completely soy-boy.
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I saw a little documentary on how Bugatti manufactured their luxury sports cars. One of the things that stuck out in my mind was that the leather used in their interior trim comes from cattle that are maintained in high altitude alpine pastures where the skins won’t be blemished by barbed wire or mosquito and other insect bites.
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I’ve always wondered why enterprising Americans back in the 18th century didn’t attempt to grow tea. It was a huge import commodity, controlled by the Crown, and obviously a highly taxed and politically contentious product which would seem to beg for import replacement.
For example, the Piedmont region of South Carolina has spots similar in climate and topography of Fujian China or Assam India
Surprised the article didn’t blame climate change for something.
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Fascinating video. You really don’t realize the simple things we take for granted are the result of somebody’s very hard labor. The number of people harvesting the tea is astonishing.
The videographer kept showing the same beautiful young lady over and over. The flush of youthful beauty sure fades quickly with backbreaking work like that.
When I worked in remote parts of China in ‘76 - ‘77, I saw little kids that couldn’t have been older than 4 years old unloading bricks from river barges with woven baskets on their backs like is shown in this video.
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Try to imagine a place in America where women that look like that are doing work that hard.
In the West we have created machines to do the backbreaking labor that used to involve peasants or slaves (in many countries).
It is very expensive to maintain a machine that can do what a surplus of people can do, especially out in the boondocks.
So Asia will do what Asians have always done - throw thousands of peasants at a problem.
I remember a video of construction workers building a bamboo scaffold up the side of a building in Hong Kong - must have been from decades ago. Once secured it look surprisingly safe - at least by their standards ...
Can’t you see the tea?
It’s not just a job. It’s an adventure.
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