May 19, 2008

Yiwu (3)

Day 3 – Yiwu Following a leisurely lunch, we set about preparing for the afternoon’s activities. Our hosts had an order for 84 taidicha bings which they were due to press. To this we added our request for a few bings of their Dha Shu Cha [big tree tea] and Yesheng Chiao Mu [Wild Arbour] […]
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May 17, 2008

Yiwu (2)

Day 3 – Yiwu (2) Rising early, as may be expected in village life, we took cold showers in the shed at the bottom of the garden and climbed up the Old Tea Horse Road to fill up on a breakfast of spicy rice noodles. The village seems enmeshed in history and I had to […]
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May 16, 2008

Yiwu

Day 2 – Yiwu Happy to be beginning our actual tea journey, we boarded the crowded midday bus to Yiwu village. It seems there are two buses that make the roundtrip from Yiwu to Jinghong and back each day. Run by friendly Yiwu locals, the conductor would receive a call on her mobile phone and […]
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May 16, 2008

Jinghong

As I return from a tea filled week, a bit exhausted and overwhelmed, it’s kind of nice to be back in Kunming again. During the past week I’ve experienced so much and met so many open, generous and genuine people. Again and again I thought the trip couldn’t get any better, only to meet someone […]
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May 08, 2008

‘Banna bound

Armed with newly purchased camera, my Mandarin tutor (who I’ve managed to get hooked on pu), some mosquito spray, sunscreen and some cash, I’m off to Xishuangbanna for a week or so. Amongst destinations on our itinerary are Banzhang, YouLe, YiWu and most probably some unplanned tea adventures. Expect some reportage upon our return
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Apr 30, 2008

12 Gentlemen & 100 Year old pu

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently hanging out at the tea shop owned by the 12 Gentlemen, a group of puerh aficionados here in Kunming. The name itself is a reference to the 12 accoutrements deemed necessary for preparing tea in the Song dynasty. Of all the producers I’ve come across, these guys […]
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Apr 25, 2008

Visit to a tea factory

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting a tea factory. A friend was pressing a few bings of taidicha (plantation tea). Content to wait for a week or two until some quality 2008 Spring Gu Shu Maocha arrives, I accompanied her just for fun. The owner’s wife, being an ex-teacher, spoke great English and was […]
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