Oolong tea (1) - IRON GODDESS OF MERCY (Ti Kuan Yin)

Also named ‘Tie Guan Yin’ the translation means Iron Goddess of Mercy. The story behind the name is of the goddess, Kuan Yin (Guanyin), showed a farmer in his dreams where a tea plant was to thank him for his restoration of a temple and of his worship. This tea plant is now one of China’s most famous teas.

To be enjoyed anytime of the day due to its well known thirst quenching properties and low tannin content, oolong tea is also known for its digestive properties - so enjoy with a meal! It also doubles as a good palate cleanser. The tea is only of 10% oxidisation so this means it is very green in taste, giving it a refreshing, sweet taste. Enjoy with spicy foods, salted dishes and white meats.

taste: low astringency, nutty, caramel, sweet, peach.
brew: 85-90 degrees C, 3 minutes the first brew followed by upto 6 infusions of 30-40 seconds (same temp.).

China’s Non-practicing Muslims 惠安女人

Hui'an District, Fujian Province, February 2012 -- The seaside village of Hui'an was inhabited by Muslim travelers centuries ago. While nearly all of the Muslim spirituality has died out by now, the women continue to wear the head garb. Rather than being considered Muslims, however, they are specifically referred to as Hui'an women – an image that Fujianese people understand and appreciate as a cultural relic of their seafaring province.

In this photo taken March 16, 2016, a man takes a photo of the mummified body of revered Buddhist monk Fu Hou in Quanzhou city in southeastern China’s Fujian province. The monk, who died in 2012 at the age of 94, was prepared for mummification by his temple to commemorate his devotion to Buddhism. The mummifed remains were then treated and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions.

If you start out at the entrance to the Dahongpao scenic area and follow the trail all the way to the end you get to a place called Water Curtain Cave. The “cave” is really just a ledge with an overhang above from which a wide curtain of water is constantly falling.

On the ledge is situated a memorial shrine for three learned men associated with the area, Liu Zihui, Zhu Xi and Liu Fu, of which Zhu Xi is of particular note.


Spring blossoms in Fujian’s sakura tea garden

While winter is still lingering in China’s northern areas, cities in the South are welcoming the 2015 spring temperatures.

In Yongfu town, south China’s ‪‎Fujian‬ Province, blossoms of nearly a hundred thousand cherry trees have turned the tea garden into a fairyland. Thousands of tourists have been attracted to the place every day.

The trees were first introduced to the garden around six years ago. At this point, it has some 40 kinds of cherry trees, and is dubbed by many as Fujian’s Ali Mountain.