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Deciphering a mystery tea: a beginner's guide to reading tea leaves

(IMAGE: The set-up for today’s tasting of a “mystery tea”)

Dear beloved blog readers,

We all have those moments: A friend knows you love tea and out of the goodness of their heart they offer you some tea as a gift. 1,351 more words


Old Chinese Bridge at Night

Last night while out walking in the oppressive heat and humidity I saw an interesting old bridge.

Hopefully it will be cooler later in the week here in Shanghai and I can go take a few pictures in the daylight. 106 more words


The Swansong of the Song: the birth of JOINTGOV

In 1276, the Mongols invaded China, capturing the capital Linan (Temporary Peace indeed) and forcing the flight of what remained of the Song Dynasty.

Every time China had been invaded, refugees had streamed south, bringing their cuisine, expertise, manpower, and skills with them. 466 more words

A Whole New World: Arrival and Colonization

In 992 CE, a small group of Cantonese merchants, hoping to undercut their competitors in the cinnamon business, set sail for one source of the the valuable ingredient – Indonesia. 477 more words

Jian Bowl Song dynasty

I purchased this Jian bowl, 120mm in diameter x 52mm high. Provenance: Ex Steinberg collection. It was probably a kiln waster, but has a high quality hare’s fur glaze. 110 more words

Song Dynasty

Antique Celadon Glazed Dish

Antique Chinese

Celadon Glazed


Fully glazed base

with 3 sesame-seed markings

Diameter: 20 cm

 Price on request

Ceramics & Porcelain

Farmers Returned 700-year-old Antiques And Got Only $50.

Is honesty from citizens still appreciated by governments in this modern world?

The antiques shown in the picture was discovered by some local farmers in Ningxiang county of China’s Hunan province and taken to the government office. 66 more words

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