Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple


Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

As I mentioned on Monday, one of the treats our China Spree guide Jim Mao had in store for some of us was a visit to the restaurant inside the Jade Buddha Temple for a sampling of various Chinese teas.

Different Teas for Different Ailments or Benefits

Different Teas for Different Ailments or Benefits

Amazingly, serving tea in China is a lot more complicated than just pulling out a bag from a box of Sir Thomas Lipton’s finest and plopping it into some hot water.  On this occasion we were confronted with a dizzying array of choices that promised everything from liver health to relief from hypertension and aiding in weight loss.

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Fortunately we were not limited to only one or two selections.  Here you can see our reference guides for selecting various samples, as well as our individual tea cups:

Lone Tea Cup

Lone Tea Cup

Preparation was also a visual art form.  No teabags at this establishment!  Each sample was painstakingly blended, carefully steeped, gently jostled, and delicately strained before serving.

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

The results were very tasty indeed.  Here’s our table enjoying a sampling:

Some of our Tour Group

Some of our Tour Group

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5 responses to “Tea Time at the Jade Buddha Temple

  1. rogparish

    “Each sample was painstakingly blended, carefully seeped,”
    Umm, did you mean “steeped”? I’m not familiar with “seep”, except in the context of a leak.

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