Yellow tea and me, it was love at first sight. I was in Hong Kong for work and I wanted to check out some local tea cafes during my stay. It was a bright chilly afternoon and I walked by Lock Cha Tea Shop, right in Hong Kong park, which seemed like a nice quiet pleasure in the busy city. When I walked in, I felt pure tea-nirvana.
The place is a tea museum and the entry is free. It’s very vibrant and has lot of stuff going around, from display of ancient tea pots, tea making equipment, lessons on how tea should be served, tea-wares consulting, to tea etiquette and whole lot of tea inspiration. Lock Cha Tea shop is a very traditional place where one can truly experience Chinese culture and where people are always thrilled to serve you some tea. The tea shop is equally spirited with a wonderful menu of more than 100 kinds of tea, with clear explanation about their flavors.
There was a tea-tasting ceremony happening at the tea shop and I just flew for it. It was a beautiful and a spiritual experience, that felt like a cross-country road trip along with tea, with so many varieties of tea and flavors, known and unknown, on the way. Here, I tasted yellow tea and it was sunshine in my cup.
The trend is slowly changing and if I had to choose one beverage among so many, I would probably take a nice cup of tea. My fifteen years long relationship with tea has been a thrilling and a learning experience. I was introduced to green tea by my friend/roommate from China, Lee, while I was studying in the US. Although it didn’t taste good, I enjoyed having an occasional cup of green tea, until it became a habit. My love for tea grew with time and I had a chance to visit a wonderful Taoist Tea Ceremony with my friend. It’s a Chinese ceremony that embodies the principles of harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and it’s always enjoyed with tea as a spiritual medium to practice. And my journey with tea began.
Chrysanthemum tea is one of China’s most popular herbal teas. It’s loaded with minerals, is highly potent and a natural coolant. Besides it’s various healing benefits for cold and headaches, it helps to cure acne and skin problems because of it’s high B carotene levels.
Chamomile tea is a gentle calming and sedative tea, which has muscle-relaxing properties and can be helpful for destressing and fighting insomnia. It’s also great for skin and hair.
Rooibos tea, a power packed, South African herbal tea, is one of my favorite. It can strongly be recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, mild depression or hypertension, as it contains no caffeine and has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. Ongoing research and case studies confirm there seems to be no end to it’s benefits.