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Afternoon Tea

This comes up every once in a while. I had a really nice lady who said she visited England and insisted it was High Tea, not Afternoon Tea. All I can say is that she must have gone to am American tourist spot or somewhere where they were tired of correcting Americans to have tea because I know of a place in England that calls it High Tea only because almost all of their customers are coming from the USA.

Here is an excerpt from the Tea Association of the USA on the history of it:

            Anna, Duchess of Bedford, is credited with creating Afternoon Tea in 1840 when she                  began taking tea with a light snack around 4:00 p.m. to ward off “that sinking                              feeling.”

           High Tea originated with the rural and working-class British, who would return to                      their homes at about 6:00 p.m. for a meal of potted meats, fish, cheese, salads,                           sweets, and a pot of strong tea. 

I also have an article from the Telegraph about the Queen called “How to make an afternoon tea fit for a Queen, from her former pastry chef”.

Although this misrepresentation has been around for awhile it is a classic reason just Googling it does not mean it is always true. It is so easy for someone to say they are an authority of something and accidentally spread misinformation that gets spread around the internet. This is why influencers are losing their ground.

I became a certified tea specialist because before I became one I would have believed that it is called high tea in England. I wanted to get my knowledge from the actual experts. I actually do like the lady who got this wrong and I am not giving identifiable information because my goal is not to shame her in public, but only to give the correct information.

Big in China……

Well, a friend of Kyle’s sent him a video about the Chinese tea industry. Guess who is in this video?

You are correct. It has Kyle, Ellainy,  Louise, Gabe, and me around the 58-second mark. A few of us from the USA tea delegation who went to China in March of 2019. I really wish I could understand Mandarin because I would like to know what the video is about besides tea. It seems like a promo for the Chinese tea industry. This is the translation of the video’s name: [Everyone says tea] Vice President of China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Food, Animals, and Animals–Yu Lu suggests with the video that it is promoting tea industry and business exchange between countries in China.

The funny thing is I was thinking of writing about something besides my trip to China, especially since the last 3 -4 months that is all I did then Kyle sent this video a couple of days ago.  I did really enjoy myself on the trip and this might be why that one day was four posts. It was almost like I was extending the trip. Yep, this is not logical just how I feel about the trip.

Below are random pictures that I do not believe I shown in this blog yet.  I figured might as well since I am still talking about my trip to China.

 

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019 Part 2 of West Lake Park in Hangzhou, China

More pictures of West Lake. The rest of my trip was relatively quiet, except I really enjoyed my shower at the Hilton at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, it was a godsend. Who knew $7.42 was so worth it. I had only 8 – 10 hours of sleep in four days and had not changed clothes until I got to the Hilton. I felt alive again.

I sincerely had a great time in China. The people who I met in the tea industry and the Chinese people at large were lovely. Cannot wait until I can visit China again and see my fellow tea people again!

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019

Late afternoon and early evening. West Lake is truly a magical place. You really need to see it if you can. The photos are not in order, just random. The pictures do not do the place justice and want to go back someday to explore much more of it. This place has great significance to the Chinese people. It is surrounded by the city of Hangzhou which has almost 10 million people. We only saw a small part of the park, but it is worth it so worth it. The bridges, the statues, the landscaping, the foliage were all lovely.  It looked like a fairy tale kingdom. I would love to ride a boat on West Lake to get that view also. Someday, sigh.

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019, continued

Not sure why I am taking 4 weeks to discuss one day. I had tons of pictures in the beginning too.   The Houtu tea factory, museum, and tasting room were gorgeous to see.

The first two pictures are us walking into Houtu. The pillar in these photos has the history of tea on it. The next picture is of a stone used to grind matcha tea. Next four pictures are artifacts used to make traditional Lung Ching aka Dragonwell green tea.

I really liked the detail of the place as you can see with my several photos of the architecture and decor. One of the rooms had people grinding fresh matcha and allowed us to try some. It was tasty but still prefer Japanese matcha. One of the pictures has a traditional English tea set up, which made Sharon Hall feel really happy and a little homesick.  Several photos of the architecture and decor again, including the tree lights and the tea cut out of the building to bring in light.  The last photo is of us seeing their machinery to produce matcha tea at the factory.  If you notice the feet we had to put on blue footies over our shoes in the factory, not a fashion statement, lol.

The next two weeks will be pictures of West Lake and me discussing the rest of my trip because I did not take many photos at the end.


China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019

In the morning we traveled towards Hangzhou and had lunch at a delish restaurant that was right next to the Houtu tea factory, museum, and tasting room. We did a tour of the factory and it was very nice to see. The head of the Houtu factories was nice enough to transport, feed, and lodge us for a night in Hangzhou. There were about two dozen people and we were able to see West Lake.

The first four pictures are on the way to the restaurant. The next three are from the restaurant. The features picture is of Kyle taking a picture of our appetizers. We had two rooms for our group. You can see a bit of our second room in the featured picture.

I have a few pictures of the Houtu Tea Factory, Museum, and Tasting Room which I will show next week and the week after some of my photos of West Lake. West Lake really deserves two posts for all the lovely pictures.

 

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 22, 2019

We were busy in the meetings all day. We were going to go to another tea farm, but it got canceled so we were deciding if we should go to Shanghai. We were about to go there, but the owner of the Houtu graciously decided to host about 2 dozen people and to see another of his tea farm and factory. He also gave us enough time to see part of West Lake.  Not too many pictures, but did have fun that evening. The Thai delegation was great at doing the reggaeton.

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March  21, 2019

Well, this was a busy day.  I mentioned the morning last week and this week I will do the afternoon and evening.  We went to the 2019 Zhejiang Longjing Tea Stir Fixation Competition.  It was really nice to see. We were lucky because some of us were able to try pan-firing (fixating) the dragonwell or Longjing green tea. I have tons of videos from the event and even was able to purchase some high-grade Longjing at the Festival.  We were also able to get behind the ropes too.  We were also able to really get to see a tea farm. This was the most extensive of walking and being with the tea plants.  I enjoyed it immensely.  The welcome dinner was this night. I did not take as many dinner photos, I guess I was too busy enjoying myself. Also please click on the links to shorter videos I took. Most are under a minute long,

The first photo is someone in the competition. The second and third photo are pictures of the head of the English tea association. The fourth photo is finished longjing. The fifth photo is fresh tea before it becomes longjing. The sixth photo is comparing the fresh with the finished product. The rest are pictures of our visit to the tea farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to China March 14 – 28, 2019

March  21, 2019

After eating breakfast we took shuttles to Houtu Tea Factory in Shengzhou.  They showed us the factory, gave us a talk, set up a mid-day snack, and a tour of there tea museum.  It was a pretty rainy morning, so it was nice that we were inside for it.  This is a place that produces gunpowder green tea. Not really in a writing mood today, but it was a lovely day. The afternoon will be talked about next week. Thank you for reading my blog and my trip to China.

 

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 20, 2019

The last day in Yibin was filled with exploring the place we had the 1st Confederation of International Tea Smallholders (CITS) Meeting. The place had a greenhouse and tea gardens.  We took a tour and were entertained until the meeting. The meeting was informative because we were shaping the documents and the tone of the CITS.  Afterward, we had lunch and went to the airport to get on Tibetan Air to Hangzhou.

Was a little sad because we had to say goodbye to some really nice people who were not going to the First International Green Tea Conference in Shengzhou with us. Once we got to Hangzhou we took a bus to Shengzhou where our hotel was.  When we arrived we went to our rooms and went to a dining hall to eat a late meal.

The last two photos are the inside of Yibin Airport.