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The art of Tea, Spring computer show in Taipei

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different stages of coal, rightmost =step 1, middle = when the coal became ashes, leftmost = white ashes, ready for the tea leaves
It wasn't raining when I started out this morning, but the clouds were thick. I ended up at the ĉœ‰è¨˜ċèŒĥ Wang Tea store which had a 118 year history! The inside of the store looked very nice, and a lady (one of the family member who owned the store) greeted me and offered me tea. After a brief introduction she started to offer me several of their best teas in the tea tasting room. As I got older, I started drinking more tea. Also after I stopped drinking juices regularly, tea became my main drinks because water sometimes just tasted too plain. Usually I buy tea at the Ten Ren Tea stores (available in the US) but I thought it might be good to try some independent stores.

I tried their High Mountain Oolong Tea and their Special Blend Oolong Tea. There are 3 major types of Chinese tea, not conting those made with flowers such as jasmine tea,
  • unfermented - such as green tea, tea leaves are dried using high temperature baking or stir frying (not with oil of course), these tea usually are very light in color, light yellow, or green
  • fully fermented - such as red aka black tea, these teas are usually red to real dark red in color
  • partially fermented - such as oolong tea, ti kwan-yin, the level of fermentation and baking are different for the different kinds of oolong teas.
    here is one of the pits, there were rows of them in this drying room
    These teas can be a golden light red to darker red
anyway, I prefer oolong tea, then green tea, least of all red tea. I tried the two oolong teas they gave me and liked them both. Although their special blend is stronger in flavor, the high mountain oolong tea is more pleasing. (and they said their high mountain oolong is a better seller than the special blend, which required a more experienced taste).

I was also given a tour of their back room where tea is being baked (not at the moment, but it is a real work room, not a show room). And toured their upstairs tea room/culture center where small music concerts are held. The space was very traditional and well maintained.
I also bought some tea pots and some portable tea pots which turned out to be called "travel buddy" (see photo on the last day's blog) when I opened them at home and saw the boxes they came in.
tools used in the drying room


It had started to rain now, so I carted the tea, tea pots/cups back to the hotel and headed out again. This time to the Taipei Spring Computer Show. It was a consumer show where all computer related manufactures were present as well as all digital camera vendors from Nikon to Panasonic. The show was housed in one of the Exhibit Halls of the Taipei World Trade Center, next to the Taipei 101 building. The admission was free and the place was PACKed! You can actually purchase at the show, and I bought a compact multi-card reader from SanDisk for about $12 USD. They had lots of computers at the show, and all of them were encased in a plastic membrane, rather funny looking, but practical to keep the keyboards safe from all those fingers.

After browsing the show, I walked over to the Taipei 101 building where they had lots of upscale boutique stores, name brands from all over the world.
step one, charcoal is placed in the pit
I just looked around and found the line for the free shuttle bus to take me back to the MRT station. It's about a 15 minute walk, but since it was raining, I thought the bus would be better. The wait was more than 15 minutes, but it was a free shuttle bus. Back to the MRT and the hotel, and I settled down and started packing. I would be going home tomorrow.
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different stages of coal, rightmos…
different stages of coal, rightmo…
here is one of the pits, there wer…
here is one of the pits, there we…
tools used in the drying room
tools used in the drying room
step one, charcoal is placed in th…
step one, charcoal is placed in t…
a long shovel is used to break the…
a long shovel is used to break th…
rice husks are place on the charco…
rice husks are place on the charc…
when the rice husks are completely…
when the rice husks are completel…
These containers for tea leaves ar…
These containers for tea leaves a…
Door to the drying room
Door to the drying room
tea leaves being sorted by hand
tea leaves being sorted by hand
tea leaves being sorted (via airfl…
tea leaves being sorted (via airf…
another machined used to process t…
another machined used to process …
various old stencils used in marki…
various old stencils used in mark…
a diagram showing how tea is made
a diagram showing how tea is made
the upstairs culture center with a…
the upstairs culture center with …
a large tea brick used as a screen
a large tea brick used as a screen
view of the upstairs culture cente…
view of the upstairs culture cent…
orchid in the window
orchid in the window
part of the original wood ceiling
part of the original wood ceiling
inside the front door of the tea s…
inside the front door of the tea …
City Hall subway station
City Hall subway station
selling computers and electronics
selling computers and electronics
Crowds at the Taipei Spring comput…
Crowds at the Taipei Spring compu…
And I meant CROWDS! some places yo…
And I meant CROWDS! some places y…
the exhibit hall is very large!
the exhibit hall is very large!
View of the interior of the Taipei…
View of the interior of the Taipe…
Another view of the Computer show …
Another view of the Computer show…
For cameras, and computers and per…
For cameras, and computers and pe…
ceiling of the Taipei World Trade …
ceiling of the Taipei World Trade…
many stories tall
many stories tall
Looking down at one of the booths …
Looking down at one of the booths…
Girls in short skirts selling Micr…
Girls in short skirts selling Mic…
Taipei 101 on the way from the Tai…
Taipei 101 on the way from the Ta…
Exterior of the Taipei World Trade…
Exterior of the Taipei World Trad…
on the overpass between the World …
on the overpass between the World…
Inside Taipei 101 shopping center
Inside Taipei 101 shopping center
ceiling of the shopping center
ceiling of the shopping center
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photo by: Deats