Drinking dirt

I love aged pu-erh tea 普洱茶. Its woody, musty aroma evokes images of misty rainy mornings in the wilderness. The first sip of freshly brewed pu-erh tea always makes me sigh contentedly, close my eyes and take a deep breath as I slip into a state of bliss and calm. Which is like the effect…

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Tea notes in China: Lijiang and Hangzhou

Centuries ago, weary tea and horse traders travelling along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 passed through Lijiang en-route to or from Shangri-la. Bricks of pu-erh tea 普洱茶 were bartered for Tibetan horses amongst the merchants. It was in Lijiang, which is in China’s Yunnan province, where my budding love affair with Chinese tea started. The year was 2008 and you can read…

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The Proust Questionnaire

Have you ever completed The Proust Questionnaire? Made famous by Marcel Proust, this was a common parlor game during the Belle Epoque and supposedly unveils the aspirations and thoughts of those answering it. There are two known sets of answers by Proust – the first was from the mid-1880s when he was around 13 and the…

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Lijiang 思念丽江

寒冷的冬天,品尝来之丽江的“女儿红”普洱茶, 感觉真舒畅。。。 August 2008: Lijiang, Yunnan 2008年8月:丽江,云南 It was my first time in Yunnan. I was there for work, a photo shoot, and stayed at Banyan Tree Lijiang.  Lijiang is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage Site: Old Town of Lijiang (丽江古城), which consists of Dayan, Basha and Shuhe villages.  The preserved Naxi architecture and…

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