FROM TONKIN TO INDIA
In the way of local trade I only noticed some round or square slabs of marble from the Tsang-chang mountains. They are veined, and are valued according as they bear a more or less fanciful resemblance to men, animals, or mountains. A fair sale is also carried on in skinsatiger, panther, little lynx, a greyish wolf, and pandas (Ailurus), the thick ringed tails of which were
to be seen hanging in bunches before the door-posts. At Tali also there is a house which has a depot of tea from Pou-eul-Fou. A wine of Lykiang, made from barley, and not unlike certain Spanish vintages to the palate, is sold here. Cette is the only other place, to my knowledge, where wine is made without the fruit of the grape. Besides such articles as those above mentioned, many Thibetan woollen stuffs, thick and warm, find their way hither. On one day (5th June) we met a caravan coming from the tea-gardens, consisting of no fewer than three hundred Thibetan horses and mules, bound for Atentse. With them we saw several of those enormous black and tan dogs of Thibet which can only live in cold climates.
Food resources seemed plentiful: beef, mutton, vegetables, and
Tali-Fou Woman.Tali-Fou Woman.