Tea Imperium

With the first morning light beams through the window, tea farmer picks up fruity leaves on top of tea trees. Those dewy leaves are the most tender part of trees and will be processed through fermentation and frying. After five or seven steps, tea is born. As coffee for Americans, tea is an essential part … Continued

Confucianism’s philosophy on food

You might have heard of it: Confucianism, a philosophy named after its founder Confucius. While it originated in the pre-Qin dynasty, it still plays an important role within the Chinese traditional culture and has a massive influence on China’s politics, economy and culture. In this blog we’ll dive into the food and etiquette side of … Continued

The Zen life of a Chinese Monk

Waking up at 4:30 am, gathering in the temple for mantra-recitation, cleaning up using water of the monastery’s fountain, and gathering again in the front gate asking locals for food and money. This is how a regular day of a monk looks like in China. The schedule is fixed, and the freedom is limited, but … Continued