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Monday, December 27, 2004

Our house tea master, Ms. Di Liu served Pu-erh at BaiLin Temple

Famous Chinese poet and painter Mr. Yunjun Chen spent his 60th birthday at BaiLin Temple. Our house tea master, Ms. Di Liu presented Pu-erh ceremony to celebrate. She presented our Golden Da Mo 2004 Young Green Ancient Tea Tree Pu-erh Bing Cha to the temple as a gift. The bamboo box that specially designed for the Golden Da Mo served as a perfect serving table for her presentation.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Famous Chinese Author, QiuYu Yu, tasted Pu-erh at JinYuXuan

Recent news from Yunnan: Mr. Qiuyu Yu, a well known author in China, visited JinYuXuan as his last stop during his highly publicized visit to Kunming. Mr. Yu tasted three types of Pu-erh at JinYuXuan.

The first tasting was Golden Da Mo, JinYuXuan 2004 Young Green Ancient Tea Tree Pu-erh Bing Cha. The tea showed nature of a new tea. It tasted strong and astringent at first sip, and then quickly turned into sweet aftertaste in mouth. Mr. Yu said after a sip: “This tea is really very young”.

The second tasting was very unusual. It was neither a tea cake, nor a tea brick, or loose tea. It was tea powders that JinYuXuan has collected over the past many years. The mixed tea powders had an unique combined taste with hints of an 100 year Tong Qing, an 60 year old Jing Chang, a 1986 Ban Chan Tuo Cha, or a 1990 Zhong Cha Qi Zi Bing. The tea liquor at the fifth infusion was as dark as that of the first infusion. The clear brownish red liquor looked like well aged red wine when looked through a wine glass.

The third tasting was 70s Tuo Cha 7663. This famous tea traveled from Yunnan to France, then traveled back to Yunnan. This tea had strong sweet taste. After a few infusions, tea liquor started to change into thick and smooth brownish yellow color – like a Shao Xing old rice wine.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Fate of an 800 Year Ancient Tea Tree King in Jing Mai

The ancient tea mountains in Lan Cang River area of Yunnan is no longer the way they used to be. Those over thousand year old wild ancient tea trees are suffering due to the change of the ecological environment.

While the incident that an over thousand year wild ancient tea tree died under the protection of a much influential international tea company is still under investigation, I saw a similar incident during my recent trip to Jing Mai wild ancient tea tree forest. An over 800 year ancient tea tree king that I visited two years ago is now lying dead outside a temple. It is not longer the one that grew in wild forest and was full of vigor and vitality. Sands and bricks are now its companion. This tea tree is highly respected by local farmers. I saw many farmers preyed for it last time I visited. The tree was in great condition at that time. I was planning to show my respect again this time, only was shocked by what I saw. Pictures of the tree from my two trips can be see on our site at .

After talking to local farmers, I found out that one international tea company that has investment interest in this area claimed that they would protect this tree. However, the so called protection was in fact destroying its natural ecological environment. I even saw a rest area for visitors was built in a short distance from the tree. How can a wild ancient tea tree cope with the sudden intrusion of human being? No doubt that the tree died after receiving the “protection”.

I do not mean to go after the company for any wrong doings. After all, the tree does not exist any more. There are not many ancient tea tree kings still alive. To protect those living fossils, all we can do is to protect the original ecological environment that those ancient tea trees live. Any behaviors that will destroy the natural ecological environment should be prohibited. As the origin of modern tea trees, the Lan Cang River area has the responsibility to protect those wild ancient tea trees.

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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Afternoon Pu-erh Tea

A friend referred this blog article about us by Zhen ZiYu to me. I loved this beautifully written article right away. We are proud to be the peaceful and harmonious busy city retreat place for tea lovers that Zhen described in the blog. To us, tea is more than tea. Tea is a thousand year culture. It is the relaxing experience that human, tea, music, and herbal incenses create.


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