The Chinese Tea Shop is located on the corner of Columbia & Pender Street, in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. The shop sells very high quality teas, all sourced, tasted and approved by owner and tea master: Daniel Lui. If you want to taste tea before you buy it Daniel, prepares “Gong-fu Cha,” a ceremonial method of brewing and bringing out the flavours of the tea. On my last visit, Daniel started by choosing a 2003 pu-reh (tea cake) to brew. A special knife is used to break the cake into small fragrant fragments, which will be brewed in a gentle manner which allows time for conversation. Arranging a specially chosen 200- year-old YIXING clay teapot, cups, tongs, and a strainer on a porous bamboo mat placed upon a wooden tray, the tea pot and cups are seasoned with hot water. The first cup of tea of many cups of tea is ready to be drunk. Slurping is the best way to taste all the flavours of the tea and that manner is also effective in cooling the hot liquid.
Thank you to Mr Daniel Lui for his participation in this project.
These images are part of Chinatown R-Evolution a photographic project on Vancouver’s Chinatown – This project received assistance from: Vancouver Foundation DTES Small Arts Grant & Historical Chinatown Tours