Whenever I am lonely for my life in China, I visit my collection of antique Chinese tea tins, and Once again I am sitting in the old Green T House in Beijing.
This was my place of refuge from the big noisy city,
and where I learned the Language of Tea.
I spent hours there ~
Tasting exotic varieties of this popular ancient beverage,
Sampling tea-based cuisine, and Creating tea lifestyle events and products.
From the splendor of the Imperial court ~ where the Emperor frolicked with his courtesans;
to the lush green of landscapes dotted with pagodas and tea gardens;
to the glamour of actresses from 1930s Shanghai cinema;propaganda of the Cultural Revolution, ~ it's all there.
How prophetic, that after we returned Stateside, I found this table lamp...with a base fashioned from an old Chinese tea tin!
Still dreaming the tea life,