Trip to China March 14 – 28, 2019

Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park

After a good night’s rest on March 17, 2019, woke up and ate a lovely breakfast. After breakfast, we were shuttled to a Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park in Yibin near the site where two rivers form the Yangtze River.

It was a little drizzly so we got ponchos, but I did not wear one. Since I was one of the VIP’s we got nice close seating to the festivities. There were dance numbers, different stories and myths, water transported by a drone to tea tasting ceremony, and a grand spectacle.

Afterward, I was given a formal invite to speak with tea gardens to sell their tea from China and abroad.  This is where I met some Nepali people (fellow vegetarians so I followed them through the buffet) they had a person tell them what was vegetarian and what was not.

 

Walking to Yangtze River Park for the Tea Tasting Ceremony.

Tasting some tea from the local vendors before the ceremony

There also were a few dance numbers.  Below is a picture of the drone carrying water from the Yangtze River to be used in the tea ceremony shown in the second to last picture. The last picture is me and my tea. It was refilled with water several times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to China March 14th – 28th, 2019

Yibin

We were given the 5 star treatment by the Chinese government. They used a couple shuttle buses to transport us from the airport to the hotel.  Our flight was a popular flight for the World Tea Conference with even the head lady responsible for mine and many other tea leaders trip just two seats back of me. We got to the hotel and had many students trying to help us with our check in, luggage, and room. They were really nice, but I felt a little overwhelm (3 days with only four hours sleep, same clothes for those 3 days, and dealing with a time difference of 13 hours). We each had a personal helper, mine was Micheal. They were students learning English and volunteering helped them with that. We went to our rooms and went down to eat right afterwards because it was late and they wanted to make sure we had supper. So I went down still stinky and a little out of sorts and grab some food. The food was amazing and buffet style (not typical buffet though). I was still out of sorts and had a nice gentleman who could tell I was out of sorts let me sit at his table with his fellow representatives of Bangladesh. They were really kind. Afterwards I went straight to my room to take a bath (see last picture of bathtub). Tried and succeeded in staying up until 9 pm before going to sleep.  I wanted to be on Chinese time. Next post continues my journey.

The featured picture is a close up of a really cool bridge across the Yangtze River in Yibin, Sichuan, China.

Bike share in park in Yibin, China
Interesting architecture of a living quarters in Yibin, China
Yibin, China streetscape.
Yibin, China streetscape from shuttle bus
Unique street lights in Yibin, China and traffic.
Housing towers and park in Yibin, China
Traffic in Yibin, China. There are a lot of scooters, motorbikes, and three wheeled small trucks (there is one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back). 

 

 

 

 

 

China Trip March 14-28, 2019

Well not sure where to start and this trip happened about two months ago. I guess I can say that March 13th I was working my last Badger State Brewery Winter’s Farmers Market and drove down to Chicago that night to take an early flight to China on March 14th. This was the worst place I stayed at the whole trip because it was a musty room, though every other room was great to excellent.

I meet so many nice people and only minor inconveniences during the whole trip. It was truly life changing and wonderful.

A great story I have about Beijing Airport is a few hours before boarding Air China to Yibin I was sitting and an elderly lady with her daughter and her daughter’s baby sat next to me. The elderly lady got up and her daughter sat next to me with her baby. We chatted and she mentioned that she is the one who gets international films for the Chinese people and she was taking her 10-month old baby girl on her first flight. I was also her baby’s first foreigner and the baby would touch me gently and stare at me. She was cute. They were going to the Hong Kong Film Festival and the mother figured it was a short enough flight for the baby. She mentioned going to Cannes, Sundance, Toyko Film Festival, etc…. I told her why I was in China and she took my card. Just one of many lovely moments I had in China, though I wished I got her card.

Please look at the pictures below and the captions and I will continue my story in other blog posts.

Top two photos were taken in Toronto Airport while waiting for Air Canada flight to China
Around midnight, trying to get some sleep in Beijing Airport. Beijing Airport was very modern and technologically advanced.  A link of the Beijing Airport

 

 

 

A vegetarian restaurant in Beijing Airport.
Getting off the flight Beijing to Yibin. There are at least 1  and a half million people in Yibin and only 2 gates for the entire airport, obviously, people do not leave Yibin much or use other transportation besides planes to arrive and leave in Yibin.
Yibin Airport
The welcome sign for the Yibin World Tea Conference as we walk from the plane into the Yibin Airport

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

The Health Benefits of Green Tea 

Another article from the Speciality Tea Institute.    Most people know that green tea has health benefits. I have been telling people for a bit about Japanese green tea and it’s health benefits.  Most people do not realize how many different green teas are in Japan and are just starting to realize it’s health benefits. Other green teas are healthy too and have different characteristics. This post mentions The Book of Tea, Okakura Kakuzo saying “Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage”.  It also focuses on Japanese green teas. If you have a high quality Japanese green tea that is brewed properly it is very tasty and very healthy for you too.  I have quite a few Japanese green teas that just arrive less than a month ago here.

I have written many articles on the health benefits of green tea.

Tea found to prevent fat storage in the liver, lower blood glucose

Tea found to prevent fat storage in the liver, lower blood glucose

Pretty good article about the latest study on fat storage and lowering blood glucose levels. Might have to start drinking more black tea.  I want to thank the Specialty Tea Institute for providing me and other people this article. It is one of the advantages of becoming a certified tea specialist. I probably will mainly stick to Oolong and Green teas, but always knew that black tea had benefits too. This article proves some of its benefits.

Green tea promotes healthy teeth and gums

Green tea promotes healthy teeth and gums 

This article talks about the health benefits of green tea and how it is important to Chinese and Japanese culture.  This article deals with a study in the Journal of Periodontology talking about the green tea’s promotes healthy teeth and gums. The article is really good and pretty thorough though I assume the published study goes in depth with medical terminology. Yet again another great article from the Specialty Tea Institute.

If you are looking for quality Chinese or Japanese green teas I have a nice selection here.

I have written many blog posts on the health benefits of green tea.

Can Green Tea help reduce the risk of cancer?

Can Green Tea help reduce the risk of cancer?

This article oversimplifies the different types of tea. They forgot white, aged, yellow, and purple teas. This article goes over what the last post mentioned that green tea helps with weight loss, liver disorder, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes. It also goes over traditional Chinese and Indian medicinal uses for treating wounds and controlling bleeding, for aiding in digestion and regulating the body temperature.  It mentions that green tea may help breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and colorectal cancer. The article continues with the last post that green tea’s polyphenols are most likely the reason for helping reduce certain cancers with catechins especially EGCGs. It goes into how green tea helps with brain function; fat burning; lowering the risk for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; dental health; Type 2 diabetes;  and cardiovascular disease. Overall a decent article that focuses on green tea and goes over polyphenols, catechins, EGCG, l-theanine, antioxidants, and caffeine.

Another great article from the Specialty Tea Institute. I have written many articles on the health benefits of green tea. I have many high-quality loose leaf green teas to buy here.

Study Shows Oolong’s Potential in Fighting Breast Cancer

Oh, my favorite tea can help me and many others. This is exciting news for people who have a history of breast cancer in their family and women in general because of 250,000 new diagnoses per year in just the United States. Oolong has been known to be very complex tea that is semi-oxidized (they are between green teas and black teas).  The complexity might be the reason it helps breast cancer. They tend to be one of the more expensive teas, but are also known as multiple steeping teas. The article was really good and like how they say that even though oolongs are oxidized 2- 80% (though I know of red oolongs tend to be oxidized more) most Chinese and Taiwanese oolongs are oxidized 15-50% shows the preference in greener oolongs.

I have stated before and will state again there is not one tea that is better to drink for health, it depends on the health issue and also what tea you will actually drink. If you are only drinking for health than it depends on your ailment or prevention for drinking tea. You can buy high-quality loose leaf oolong teas form me here.

I enjoy getting my updates from the World Tea News and have subscribed to them for about 15 years.

6 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Everyday

6 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Everyday

This is a really good article about the health benefits of drinking green tea. I like how they explain why you should drink green tea daily. It is very easy for the layperson to understand.  The benefits are being more productive, long-term brain protection, helps to burn fat, improves heart health, lowers cancer risk, and improves mood.  For the explanations please read the article.

If this article inspires to drink green tea or reminds you that you need to order more green tea please follow the link to order here

This article was found by the Speciality Tea Institute.

Nepali Growers Confront Obstacles to Organic Certification

Nepali Growers Confront Obstacles to Organic Certification

A very good article about the obstacles for small tea farmers in Nepal and most likely the plight of small farmers in other tea countries. It shows some of the hurdles for farmers who are providing high-quality organic tea. Current trends of small farmers producing the final product versus having the medium size factories take the raw leaves and produce the final product, plus marketing, compliance, and everything else that comes along with it. The small farmers do not have the expertise nor the resources to bring their product to the right people and sell the tea at the price it deserves.

The article also mentions that there is a demand for organic tea, it seems more the lack of cash of the small farmers to get the certification. There are some groups and cooperatives that are trying to help with this situation. It makes sense to help these farmers because of the demand for this type of tea and the fact the farmers are already producing it. I enjoy these type of articles because it helps to understand the tea process better.

I have been subscribing to the World Tea news for about 10 – 15 years. This is where I stay current with tea issues.