Tea Houses of Sichuan

This post is written by Linus Hammarstrand:

Sichuan, a province in Southwestern China, has a long and distinguished tradition of drinking tea. For hundreds of years, the tea trail that connected China and Tibet went through the mountainous province. Even today many Sichuanese cities, towns and villages boasts at least one tea-house. These tea-houses serve as the nexus of many communities and the locals come here to exchange news, gossip, relax and of course, enjoy a nice cup of tea. This picture was taken in a small village on route to the city of Meishan.

photo by Linus Hammarstrand

Tea break at the South Chinese Countryside

The author was at this time leading a biking expedition through Sichuan’s countryside and here we decided to stop for a tea-break, much to the enjoyment of the locals, who hadn’t seen many foreigners in their lives! I am pretty convinced that they are still talking about the day when the Laowais, foreigners, came to town in their strange biking clothes!

Tea Houses of Sichuan0Martin Lindeskog2011-12-12 08:32:39This post is written by Linus Hammarstrand:

Sichuan, a province in Southwestern China, has a long and distinguished tradition of drinking tea. For …

Bamboo Tea

This post is written by Linus Hammarstrand:

Typically tea is made from the processed leaves of Camellia Sinensis, but there are exceptions to this rule. One of the odder alternatives to tea made from tea leaves is tea made from dried and roasted bamboo. The taste is somewhat similar to roasted barley, that is, slightly towards the taste of popcorn. This particular cup of tea, which may not be all tea-aficionados’ cup of tea, was served in the 1000-year old Buddhist temple Zhongyansi, in the Southwestern province of Sichuan, China. Rich grooves of bamboo grows around the ancient temple, which may very well explain why the monks originally decided to make tea out of bamboo.

Photo by Linus Hammarstrand

Bamboo tea

 

Bamboo Tea0Martin Lindeskog2011-12-04 23:54:08This post is written by Linus Hammarstrand:

Typically tea is made from the processed leaves of Camellia Sinensis, but there are exceptions to this …