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Chinese Tea

Wine opinion: fermenting a friendship

Two terraces - one where rows of tea trees grow on Mount Jingmai in Yunnan province, the other in the wine-producing region of Saint-Emilion near Bordeaux, France.

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 9:13am

Briefs, December 12, 2012

North Korea has removed a long-range rocket from its launch pad for repair, South Korean media reported yesterday, a day after Pyongyang extended the widely criticised mission's launch window. 

12 Dec 2012 - 2:23am

Cheap, cheerful and tasty

Like its sun-dappled, tree-lined streets, Hangzhou's cuisine is light and fresh.

Here are three places to try Hangzhou's local cuisine while you are visiting the city.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Amanfayun, Hangzhou

What is it? Luxury hotel group Aman has got its hands on a village near Hangzhou and turned it into a five-star resort - in a good way. The village buildings have been cleverly transformed into the usual high-end hotel staples - a reception area, a library, guest bedrooms, several restaurants and a spa - but the result is remarkably unhotel-like.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Health bites

From iPhone to cell phone

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Time for a tea break

Longjing green tea is the consumable symbol of all that makes Hangzhou wonderful: pure water, fertile land and a tradition of being cultured. Longjing, or Dragon Well, is the premier green tea grown in China. The tea is named after a pure spring in the mountains, the Dragon Well Spring, which has the clearest, purest water.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Put the kettle on for good health

Green tea helps your body fight disease and other damage

The importance of tea in Asia is well summarised in a Chinese proverb: 'Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one'.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

hot property

American-style coffee culture has pervaded Hong Kong in recent years, but for most local people, the hot drink of choice remains tea. Known as cha in Cantonese, the brew eventually became known as tea in English, the in French and thee in Dutch.

2 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Reaping the fruits of cancer battlers

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Leaf Tea Travel Kit

What is it? A chic way to guarantee the perfect cup of tea while travelling. The Leaf Tea Travel Kit is a stylish pure wool 'envelope' measuring 13cm x 13cm x 3cm and weighing 150 grams, designed by Parisian company Les Petites Emplettes. It unfolds to reveal six tins of loose leaf tea and individual cup filters. Each recyclable and refillable tin contains enough for two cups.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Teatime stampede for Yunnan farmers

After struggling for more than two hours to make it up a steep, narrow and slippery path, the convoy of tea merchants finally arrives in Xinzhai village, an isolated community near Yunnan's western border, just 70km east of Myanmar.

It is spring and the merchants have come with bricks of cash to procure the recently harvested tea leaves.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

After the boom comes a bust, industry fears

Puer tea speculation is destroying the industry in Yunnan and the poorest peasants will be the hardest hit once the bubble bursts, analysts say.

Yunnan Tea Association secretary-general Zou Jiaju said the industry was having to cope with soaring raw materials prices, shrinking international markets and declining quality of output.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Timeless Secret

What is it?

A US skincare brand, the brainchild of mother-daughter team May and Michelle Wong.

Tell us about the founders:

12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Going to pot

On a misty hillside high above a stretch of the mainland's southeast coast, migrant worker Tao Mingxiu steps nimbly between tea bushes on a steep terrace, shifts the weight of the seven-month-old son she is carrying on a sling on her back and stares in disbelief.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Tea passed off as urine exposes hospital greed

Six of 10 diagnose infection, prescribe costly treatment

Can analysis of a cup of green tea indicate that you are sick? The answer is probably yes - if you are having a test done at a hospital in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province .

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am