After tea We popped in here after wandering the Temple of Heaven. Our demonstrator spoke and understood English very well. They have an amazing range of tea on offer and will demonstrate how to make it, then you can taste.
They were familiar with Australian customs regulations and sealed our purchase appropriately. This place was a welcome and restful surprise.
Sit at the table and let them show you how to really make tea - rinsing the glasses, washing the leaves, and enjoying a cup of good Chinese tea. They have a good selection of pu'er. Great staff, neat location. One of the few places in Beijing to take MasterCard! The object is to get you to buy the teas you have sampled. Still was fun.
Had a delightful presentation and lots of tea here.
Tips on which teas are best and what for. Green tea in summer as it cools the body and black tea in winter as it warms the body.
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Not for all the tea in China'?. Not at any price. What's the origin of the phrase 'Not for all the tea in China'?. This phrase. Etymology. Because of the large amount of tea in China, and its value. very valuable or priceless. I wouldn't trade you away for all the tea in China.
Lots of souvenirs too. Had a tasting of 5 teas and then purchased some. Seems very aimed to sales to tourism though and not locals if that says anything. Flights Vacation Rentals Restaurants Things to do.
Cart 0. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. Profile Join. Log in Join. All the tea in China! Qing Shan Ju Tea House. Review Highlights. They are from the same plant, but black tea is allowed to ferment longer. I also found it interesting that at one point the Chinese were putting dyes in the tea for the Western market because they though it would look better to the Western eye.
When I bought tea out in San Francisco the man showed me blue tea and mentioned that it was from the region not for the blue hands people had when making it. I didn't understand but now I do - he wanted to make sure I knew the blue tea I bought was not colored with cyanide! I will drink my next cup of tea with so much more respect Nov 03, Bettie rated it liked it Shelves: recreational-drugs , china , pirates-smugglers-wreckers , victorian , published , war , fraudio , nonfiction , colonial-overlords , history.
View all 6 comments. Feb 06, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: audio-books , did-not-finish. Some authors should not read their own books. Imagine an excitable fourth grader reading her own screenplay aloud, doing all the voices. We made it through one disk. View 1 comment. Jun 30, Raghu rated it really liked it. Whenever one thinks of the East India company, one thinks of its gradual evolution from a small trading post in a corner of India to eventually occupying the country and ruling it in the interests of Britain.
But, little does one reflect on what the Company did in China, which had far-reaching consequences for itself and the world. Prior to the 19th century, China held the secrets of how to cultivate Tea, harvest and manufacture it on mass scale for the markets around the world. The British wer Whenever one thinks of the East India company, one thinks of its gradual evolution from a small trading post in a corner of India to eventually occupying the country and ruling it in the interests of Britain. The British were hooked on this drink.
They were importing ever increasing amounts of tea from China by the beginning of the 19th century. This cost the empire ever more silver and bullion by way of payments. Financially, it became imperative for Britain to manufacture tea themselves in their colonies. In fact, tea was also made in Assam in India but the quality was poor and could not compete with what China offered.
The solution England found was in Botany. In the opening years of the industrial era, botanic research was a counterpart to today's industrial research Laboratories.
Britain employed Botanical imperialism as a way of making colonies pay their way. The East India company decided that they must send one of their botanists to venture deep into China, in the forbidden tea-growing areas and steal not only the plants but also the know-how of cultivating and manufacturing it. British botanists had already done similar errands in China before. In fact, China is the source of many of the plants that adorn the British landscapes today, like the yellow forsythias, the rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias and many others.
This book is the intriguing tale of how England accomplished this espionage operation in China where Green tea and Black tea were grown. It is the tale of how they stole the know-how and the seeds to make the Himalayas in India the center of tea production and capture the markets from China. He was a good choice because Fortune had already spent three years in China, collecting many of its botanical treasures like the winter jasmine, the Fortunella and the white wisteria and shipping them to Britain.
Stealing tea from China was a dangerous and criminal endeavour but Fortune was excited by the idea and agreed to do it. He set out to venture into the tea-growing regions in the interior of China, to the provinces of Zhejiang and Ahui where Green Tea was grown and then on to the remote mountains of Wuyi Shan in search of Black tea. He disguised himself as a Mandarin, with a pigtail and shaven head.
He employed an entourage of Chinese workers, guides and coolies, some of whom were loyal and some others somewhat disloyal. The journey was nothing if not adventurous, as Fortune had to constantly make sure that he was not found out as a foreigner in these forbidden areas. Pirates and dacoits harassed them on their way but Fortune ended up successful.
Not only did he evade detection, he also successfully managed to steal seeds, plants and the knowledge and bring them to his masters in India. All this was done not without a little help from the Chinese themselves in return for some silver.
This is what happened in India as well. The Chinese rulers eventually found out that their tea secrets have been stolen but they realized it too late to do anything about it. Britain captured the tea markets with their premium quality teas grown in Darjeeling in India. He democratized a luxury, and the world has been enjoying it ever since. Partly, it details Chinese culture and tradition as well.
There are interesting paragraphs on the concepts of Mianxi and Guanxi, two inescapable facts of life in China. Guanxi is about the individual existing in a network of influence, a matrix of duties and social connections. Mianxi is about Face, the loss and gain of it. It is a Confucian concept, where one gains face and an increase in social status when social obligations were met. In reverse, one loses face if he fails those whom he is socially connected or obligated to.
The Confucian tradition also believed in a kind of caste hierarchy. Occupations were seen in a hierarchy, with the highest belonging to scholars and poets, who preserved beauty and celebrated order; peasants came next, the cogs in the national machine. Merchants were ranked at the bottom of the collective heap, earning a living off the hard labor of others. Reading the book, I could not but think about all the talk of industrial espionage by China today. There is the allegation that the Chinese steal intellectual property and do not play by the rules of the game.
But, the story of how the Company stole the secrets of cultivating and manufacturing tea from a secretive China shows how the British botanist used every ruse in the book in this effort. Their conduct was no different from what the Chinese are accused of today. Capitalism has its own insatiable impetus to seek more resources, more labor and more markets in order that it can expand.
This is what propelled British capitalism to subjugate India and go after its wealth. It is this same urge that wanted to steal tea plants and its manufacturing secrets from China so that they can capture the world market for British made Indian tea. Now, in the 21st century, it is this same expansionist urge that makes China aggressively seek industrial secrets from the West by any means. Though this is a well-written book which sustains interest all the way, there are a couple of glaring inaccuracies in the book.
The Prologue claims that opium financed the management of India and that England believed that India would eventually become self-sustaining. In the first page of the book, the author refers to India, as a subcontinent of princely states united under the banner of Great Britain in The Union of India was actually accomplished by independent India nearly two hundred years later. Elsewhere in the book, Buddhism is described as expounding a philosophy that all beings pass through a series of lives, paying for the sins of one life with a good deed in the next.
Religions originating from the Indian soil do not believe in sin or original sin in the Judeo-Christian sense.