Renowned for centuries for its medicinal properties, tea remains a prominent part of Chinese culture. Tea being a welcome break from the busy lifestyle is perhaps the reason why tea houses have a prominent position in Chinese society.
While green tea is the most popular, taken plain with no sugar or milk, there are many varieties. One stands out not only for its fragrance and taste but also for its eye-catching splendor and that is Blooming of Flowering tea.
What appears as brown dried balls is actually tea leaves and flowers bound together into a bulb, which is settled to dry. However, once dropped in hot water, the bulb blooms into an enchanting flower with an utterly fragrant goodness.
Check out the fragrant tea blooms we were treated to at one of the oldest tea houses in Shanghai.
In a tea ceremony, we were also treated to several teas such as oolong, Chinese green tea and jasmine tea.
The tea house itself was equally enchanting with so many specialty teas as well as other merchandise… all things which pinged with the tea vibe.
(Pics & story : Shanika Jayasekara)