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.
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.
March 19, 2019
The Raabs and I did go to the Specialty Tea Exhibit again on the morning of March 19, 2019. We were able to see the whole exhibition, the day before we were only there for about a half hour to hour. When you have about eight people it is harder to a quick look at all the exhibitors. We just really went to one booth and only looked at 2 -3 booths. The Raabs and I were able to see all of the booths and taste many, many teas. Later on, we had to get back for the business side of our trip. Learning about tea trends across the world from the heads of the tea industry for each country. It was interesting hearing from the supply side and the demand side. Also, it depends on the wealth of the country what they were looking for too.
One thing I can definitely say is we did not have to worry about having enough food or tea. The dinners pictures below combined, plus add twice as much food. This does not include meals between meals and for the tea as much hot water and tea as you could drink. This was the going away dinner, but all dinners had at least double the amount of food pictured in both photos for 10 people per table. They had to stack the dishes on top of dishes because there was no room on the tables.
This is a fun article about teapots. I personally enjoy the first teapots. The Darth Vader one is fun and practical because the teapot can go directly on a flame or heat source. The next two I really think are stylish. Both are different styles, but I really like both of them. The first of the two is sleek and elegant, while the other one is a classic twist on Chinese style teapots. The last one is not to my liking, but would be great for people who have young children or are into cute teapots. This one is whimsical.
This is a reblog from my other blog from last year and still rings true to me and I really like the quote.
I loved going camping in the summer as a child and have many fond memories of telling stories by the campfire. Watching the memorizing fire and the smell of fire brings me back to my childhood.
When you think of tea you may never think of camping, but many people like to enjoy a little quiet time in the morning before enjoying hiking, swimming, biking, etc…. Tea is the perfect drink to have during camping. When you get up and revive the fire or re-stoke the smoldering fire from the night before. Put on a fireproof kettle with some water, then make your favorite breakfast and put some loose leaf tea in your strainer of choice or if the teapot has a strainer wait until the water is hot enough and pour the tea in the kettle. When the kettle whistles just pour the water in a cup with a strainer for the correct amount of time or pour the tea into the kettle and pour when properly steeped. Relax and enjoy your breakfast, tea and the scenic view in a zen-like peace. Enjoy tea throughout the day to give yourself a healthy hydrate.
My lovely and sassy friend Wendy gave me a teapot just like the one above. I believe it was her way of repaying me for running errands with her and helping her.
I personally like larger strainers for tea to allow the tea to fully steep, but still a nice picture.
What a great yesterday. Got to talk with a lovely young entrepreneur about opening her business, went for a walk with a girlfriend in the drizzle, got a shipment of tea and gifts from Japan, and was the projectionist for the Green Bay Film Festival about town series at Titletown Brewery.
These are some pictures of the teawares I received and will be uploaded hopefully later today on my website to buy. I just love the featured teacup. I have been thinking of ordering these teacups for a while and finally gave in and ordered them. They are just as lovely in person. Hmmm, should I even sell them? Maybe I might keep them for myself? Or maybe next order I buy some just for my personal use.