NOVEMBER 27, 2023 Mei Zhang on China’s Newest UNESCO Site: Jingmai Mountain

Mei Zhang on China’s Newest UNESCO Site: Jingmai Mountain 

Explore China's newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jingmai Mountain, with insights from Mei Zhang, founder of WildChina. From ancient tea forests to local minority cultures, Mei recounts her summer visit, highlighting the distinct charm...
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Tea Island: Around Taiwan in Five Teas 

 Exploring five types of tea - white, black, green, oolong, and high-mountain oolong – by traveling to five different counties in Taiwan. 
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Chinese door in Hutong alley

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Pu’er Tea

Pu’er is the seasoned tea-drinker’s drink of choice. Its dark, complex flavors are produced from an ancient, unhurried tea making process developed in the tea forests of southern China, the original source of all the...
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Girl praying at an ancient temple

Review: Tea Horse Road by Michael Freeman and Selena Ahmed

For many travelers, one of the difficult aspects of setting aside the time and money for a trip to China is that it’s hard to know what you’re getting yourself in for until you’re stepping...
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Beautiful night in an old town in Yunnan

Six Sips in Beijing

Six sips in Beijing. The following piece is an excerpt from Templar Teas’ reports around the world.  The author Jeff Fuchs is a writer, photographer, and expert of the Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road. Beijing and...
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Candles in a Buddhist temple

Eating tea with the Bulang people

One of our favorite things about getting off the beaten path in China is that no matter how well you think you may understand the country, there’s always a surprise waiting to prove you wrong. This was...
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The mystic Yellow Mountain in Anhui

Sitting down with a tea master in Menghai

There’s no better way to understand tea than to see where it comes from and how the locals who understand it best enjoy it – that’s exactly what we did in Menghai, a sleepy but...
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Buddhist sculpture and art

Sipping on Chengdu’s legendary teahouse culture

The buzzing metropolis of Chengdu may be most famous for being the capital of Sichuan cuisine, but its identity is not linked to food alone – is also arguably the Chinese city with the most...
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Man looking after cattle on the Tibetan plateau

What does one do with a brick of tea?

You know what I am talking about – that brick of tea or disc of tea in the velvet box! What do you do with it? A few years ago, we were living in LA....
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Buddhist sculpture and art

Guest Blogger Introduction: Andrew Stein of Project Releaf

Beginning this March, I’m planning to take you on a journey through some of China’s most remote and ancient tea localities. With aid from a Fulbright Research Grant, I will travel across China, exploring a...
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