When I was a child, my grandmother introduced me to the proper times of day for coffee, tea, and beer. I learned the difference between black coffee and cafe au lait, I knew how long a pot of tea should sit before drinking, and I could pour a headless beer from a bottle all by the time I was 10 years old.
Let’s focus on the tea.
I wasn’t formally introduced to the Eastern ritual of tea until my 30′s, and since then, I’ve taken great pleasure in tea shops. One thing I really like about the shops I have encountered in China is the lighting. Often indirect, it sheds light of different sorts on the mystery and history of the tea, the tea accoutrements, the ritual, and the people involved. Please enjoy my gallery below – photos taken from three different shops I’ve been to and enjoyed in China.
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