Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bitter, sweet and spicy tea in Yunnan

I had tea at the the Bai minority village in Yunnan recently,
and it was such a wonderful experience.
I was surrounded by:

and an interesting tea drinking experience.

we were served 3 types of tea, and  in order of sequence,
first a bowl of preserved fruits (sweetened)
then the first tea is bitter tea
followed by sweet tea
and then a spicy concoction with a particular spice which temporarily numbed my palate.

well, the overall experience was "refreshing", though ;)

and then i "snooped" around the area with my camera

walking through different corners of the village
and finding an artisan or two busy at work
with their hand embroidery

so come along and visit Kimmie and the other Tea Tuesday clan and let them infuse your senses
with good tea and creative art!
Happy Tea Tuesday!!



La Dolce Vita said...

happy tea day! and your snooping really paid off, great photos! always great to see how interesting tea is in your part of the world Steph!

~*~Patty S said...

ooo Steph your tea looks wonderful and charming and exciting and beautiful too! I certainly would enjoy an adventure like that!
Happy T to you!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was quite taken by all the colorful hats the gals wore. And also so impressed by the tea tasting that is SO different from ANYTHING I have ever had. It's good that they kept the spicy till last, or it would have dulled your senses to the taste of the others. What a magical place this must be. Happy, happy Tea Tuesday, dear friend.

Anonymous said...

Oh Steph, how lucky you are to have been on this adventure. The tea sounds really interesting and the colors and embroidery are really beautiful, thank you thank you for sharing this! Christen

sharon said...

Looks so interesting! Beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing!

Kimmie said...

What an amazing tea outing .... I love the head dresses the women are wearing ... They look so so exotic. And I would like to try the taste testing you describe. That could be done with any number of things ... Sweet then bitter then spice ... Thank you for sharing your travels with us!

Yvonne said...

Indeed, it is very beautiful there. The headdresses are so lovely. The tea combinations would be interesting to try. Enjoyed having tea with you today. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

bad penny said...

Beautiful photos & I can smell the tea - maybe taste one day as my brother lives in Thailand.

Gayle...... that,s me said...

Wow ! What a wonderful tea drinking experience you have had, and as you say surrounded by so much beauty. Thank you for sharing this 'tea time' with us.

Dianne said...

Beautiful post!

dosfishes said...

Wow snooping photos are fab. Love the women's hats!
xox Corrine

Sasmita said...

Steph, love your artwork. I paint at times.
If you know the tea-recipe, plz let me know. I love different flavoured tea.

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