Wikipedia, that oracle of facts, tells me that we Kiwi are not big tea drinkers: seems we are 45th in the world – way behind Turkey, the Irish and British. The Chinese put it on our culinary world map in the 10th C when they began drying, then steeping, the leaves of the Camellia sinensis.
International Tea Day is December 15 and it seems tea is the most widely used drink – after water.
On my recent trip to Xiamen, China, (as part of a cultural group from its sister city Wellington, New Zealand) we drank tea daily, often many time daily – many times at tea ceremonies.
Here are just a few of those tea drinking events.
Hui’an woman pour tea
women in my group offered tea at Huihe Stone Park
We are welcomed with tea at our hotel
An artists tea area at Duishan Art District
another artists tea ceremony table
tea again – near Nanjing Tulou
Formal tea demonstration SUMGO Tea House
Demonstration tea ceremony
table before ceremony starts
I’m served tea at SUMGO
Tea for sale
I buy white tea for a friend
tea is poured
tea table trays are fabulous
White tea is the most expensive
more tea containers
Note: I travelled to Xiamen as part of a cultural delegation from its sister city Wellington, New Zealand. Thank you for the help for me to take part in this trip.
People ask this frequently, but for me, I only have to open my writing desk drawer, pull out a journal and there are many tales. Looking at photo files provides the same bounty as memory prompts.
This little post came about after talking about Buddhism, Thailand, colours and the significance of the date you were born. That will be my next post.
None of the info, such as old phone details, or when I need to take malaria tablets on the cover of this journal are valid! Only my name and the year are truthful now 🙂 – and of course, the 3 post-it papers that mark the information I’ll use in the story which will be published in 3.5 days. ( ie #TT Travel Tuesday)
PS. even the scarf has a tale to tell … I bought it in Istanbul – from a woman sitting outside the beautiful Blue Mosque.