Sri Lanka's luxury tea makers rise to the occasion

Golden Tips (left), Silver Tips and Japanese Sencha. Photo: AFP

A hot cup of Ceylon tea considered soothing and relaxing, but Sri Lanka is now marketing its most profitable export as a luxury boost for the libido.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 4:32am

Yaan, city of tea and pandas and historic gateway to Tibet and beyond

The view above Yucheng District in Yaan before Saturday's magnitude 7 earthquake. Photo: SCMP

The quake-hit city of Yaan, nestled among mountains on the fringes of the Sichuan Basis, has a long association with the tea trade and even produced the world's most expensive variety of the commodity last year.

22 Apr 2013 - 11:13am

Indian tea estate owner, wife in Assam burned to death by angry workers

Hundreds of tea estate workers armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows surrounded the plantation owner's home in India's northeastern state of Assam and set it on fire over a labour dispute, killing him and his wife, police said yesterday.

28 Dec 2012 - 4:57am

Take 5: Earl Grey teabags

Darvilles of Windsor Earl Grey

Combining black tea and essence from the rind of the bergamot orange, it is named after the second Earl Grey, a 19th-century British prime minister. Janice Leung bags some of the best. (Teabags were infused for two minutes.)

Darvilles of Windsor Earl Grey

6 Dec 2012 - 10:57am

Tasty fair

The Trade and Development Council's Tea Fair and Food Expo will be held this month at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. A 'cake' of 112-year-old puer tea to be shown at the fair is estimated to be worth at least six figures, according to Sun Sing Tea retail manager Kelvin Yeung Ka-kay (main picture).

15 Aug 2012 - 10:50pm

Health bites

Make time by giving time

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wealth of choice for all

Wedding gifts, rather than lucky money, are becoming a popular option among Hong Kong couples who see them as a chance to fill the gaps in their home or serve as a reminder of their big day.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

This week we test: blemish cream

These medicated troubleshooters deserve a place in any teen's arsenal against mild breakouts

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel (HK$130/15ml)

Zits dry up and reduce within a day, leaving no marks. It does a good job of soothing redness and irritation too. Real value for money!

Clinelle Blemish Clear (HK$99/15ml)

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Manchester, Tennessee

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Yet another good reason for drinking green tea

Millions of people drink green tea daily. There are many reasons for doing so: aside from being a cultural habit, it aids digestion, helps students stay awake during boring university lectures, and fights heart disease and maybe cancer.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


When it comes to planning a dinner party, what to serve and who to invite are not the only considerations. You also need to know how much to cook.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am



4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Buyers look for creative and practical concepts

Presenting an assortment of products that combine creativity with practicality, the HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair is a not-to-be-missed event for buyers on the prowl.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Connecting over a cuppa

One thing Chengdu will never give up, no matter how many developments are built, or how many Fortune 500 firms move to the city, is the afternoon tea session.

Even with hundreds of teahouses in the city, there still aren't enough. On sunny afternoons, of which there have been many this spring, every one is full to capacity.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

No scone unturned

In Hong Kong's colonial past, afternoon tea was a formal affair popular among the wealthy elite, but now it has a more democratic and widespread appeal that is no longer so snooty.

Introduced in England by Anna Russell, the seventh duchess of Bedford, in the early 1800s, afternoon tea has since become an English tradition and a symbol of leisurely enjoyment.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am