Tracing The Green Line: A Journey to Yanmar’s Jade Mines

It is morning in Hweka, deep in northern Myanmar's Kachin State. Outside, the roar of the river below awakens us from our slumber, nudging us groggily into yet another day. Already it has been four long days since leaving Mandalay and exactly when we will reach our destination is still uncertain. Nevertheless, we are unfazed, our spirits are high. Because we are convinced. Today is the day. Today is the day! THE ROAD TO JADE LAND Perhaps it is better to start at the beginning. We had come to these jungles to follow the green line to its source, in search of jade -- what the Chinese call the "stone of heaven." Until 200 years ago, jade meant nephrite, a tough, spinach-green stone that was the ideal canvas for China's stone carvers. Then, in northern Myanmar, a new type was found: jadeite. Unlike nephrite, jadeite occurred in emerald-green shades. The people of China's Middle Kingdom
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