The city of Hong Kong was largely built on the tea trade, and this teahouse and shop in Hong Kong Park is still one of the best places in the world to buy high-quality leaves from across China. “To me, tea is never a commodity; it is something with a story, with culture,” says the owner, Wing Chi Ip, who was a pioneer in selling single-origin Chinese teas abroad in the 1980s. Ip opened his shop in 1991 and still sources the tea direct from tea farms—mellow golden oolongs from Taiwan; rich, dark, aged pu’ers from Yunnan province; Silver Needle tea from Fujian province—himself. He also commissions exclusive handpainted Jingdezhen porcelain tea sets and Yixing earthenware teapots to sell in the shop. K.S. Lo Gallery, Ground Floor, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, 852/2801- 7177. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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