How to drink tea

I live very close to Maokong, a tiny suburb famous for its tea and right on the mountainous edge of Taipei. Together with some friends I took the gondola dangling over jungle-y slopes, found a tea house and watched a quick demonstration in how to drink tea. I jotted down some notes + tea critter demonstrations so as not to forget and to share with you.

Drinking tea in this focussed, careful way has a timeless quality to it that seems to gently erase stress and worries. Anywhere really, but especially if brewed and sipped on the balcony of a mountain tea house overlooking the whole of Taipei, with sunshine slowly shifting to a twinkling evening.  I will miss living by these mountains, even if they are home to huge spiders (they seem to like Maokong a lot though, brr).

Have a good weekend! May it be restful or exciting or both and include some good tea.

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5 Responses to How to drink tea

  1. K-Chan says:

    Yes oh yes…………
    Beautiful evocative words…
    (and v clear instructions)

  2. Yiong says:

    Brilliant! And very funny as usual. My weekend will certainly include some tea, though indifferent rather than good, and brewed in barbarian rather than in civilised fashion. But now I know what the crucial missing element is that will lift my tea making skills to higher, contemplative spheres: it’s those smelly cups!! (oh, sorry, did you say smelling?)

  3. Nilufer caglar says:

    Tea, tea, tea!,all the way in china, all the way in england, all the way in saltybums and greasylands!! Tea, tea, tea! Lovely blog, totally hooked!

  4. I’m jealous. But not the spiders. I would pass out at the spiders.

  5. This is fantastic. The tea critters are great – they look so wonderfully contented. Interesting, too – at Wistaria they’re not into pouring away the first cup, although I have come across that elsewhere. The spiders at Maokong are indeed terrifying. Hurrah for smelling cups!

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