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Teahouses@HK: Tea aesthetics of leisure amid the hustle and bustle

Hong Kong is always on the move. People are leading stressful lives. Speed tops the list, as if there is not even a moment of peace, where people can stop and breathe in the air of leisure; moments of peace are this rare in the city. To secure tranquility in the mind and appreciate slow living, we can go to authentic teahouses for tea drinking. Teahouses are no Chinese restaurants where we will have yumcha. Yumcha features dim sum, or refreshment, and tea is not the focus. Teahouses emphasize tea itself, alongside everything related to tea appreciation.

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The “Tao of Tea,” or the Way of Tea, is the high-end aesthetics of tea spiritualization. With tea as the medium, we appreciate the beauty of tea and water blending in together, attain the Tao of Heaven-Man connection, and indulge in the quietness, stillness and harmony during a tea session. Tea-ware, and the environment are also crucial, since exquisite tea-ware and an environment in perfect peace elevate the tea experience to a much higher level. But tea drinking is more than a sensory enjoyment; the core part of tea drinking is to discern the “Tao” behind, connecting ourselves with tea as one and focusing on each step of tea brewing. In rough language, “Tao” relates to the aesthetics and pursuit of harmony with the cosmos and nature. For tea drinking of this kind in Hong Kong, we may well try out the following three teahouses where we will embark on the Way of tea.

Song Cha Xie (the Pine Teahouse)

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Song Cha Xie (the Pine Teahouse) tops the list. Situated at Nan Lian Garden of the Chi Lian Nunnery, the Pine Teahouse architecture adopts a Tang dynasty-style that epitomizes the aesthetics of Chinese classical wooden structure. Nestled in a Tang-style garden, on way to the teahouse, we will be spoiled by exquisite sights of beautiful pine trees, lovely rocks and elegant wooden structures, immersing ourselves in the Zen atmosphere that purifies our worldly mind. We will put off our shoes when entering the teahouse, just like we will release all the worldly troubles before heading for the spiritual realm of tea. Inside the teahouse are the aroma of wood and a sense of ancient calm, giving people a moment of peace. The Pine Teahouse offers Wuyi tea, on top of other rare tea species. Tea-wares are crafted with elegance that never goes posh and ostentatious, making the best tea-ware for an artistic session of tea drinking in peace. While enjoying the koi in a pool right next to the teahouse corridor, you will indulge in a sip of tea and appreciate the Tao behind.

Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Rd, Ha Yuen Leng, Hong Kong

The Phoenix Tea

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The Phoenix Tea situates at the busy commercial district in Tsim Sha Tsui. Phoenix Tea is committed to promoting the Chinese tea culture, and providing tea lovers a place of get-together and exchange. Premium Wuyi tea is the theme of Phoenix Tea; simple snacks are in offer. Tea servants are polite, and willing to handle inquiries about tea with their tea expertise. Have a sip of tea, and you will indulge in sheer clam. If you look out from the window for busy city sights, the heart-moving clam with tea will come to be more valuable. In tea, we comfort and relax our busy minds that grow too tired and never seems like to take a rest.

2/F, Kolling Centre, 77 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Lock Cha Tea Shop

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Lock Cha Tea Shop is located at Hong Kong Park in Admiralty. The teahouse is furnished with traditional Chinese elegance, with wooden tables and chairs refined in simplicity. The teahouse offers a full range of Chinese tea, alongside other snacks and dim sum, where tea is still the dominant theme of Lock Cha Tea Shop. In the teahouse, there is a display area of exquisite tea-wares that spoil your eyes. Traditional Chinese music sessions are offered; tea drinkers season their tea with the calmness and peacefulness in tune with the music.

Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Be it the Pine Teahouse’s Tang-style tea fun, or Phoenix Tea’s art of tea, or Lock Cha’s tea with music, we can enjoy a sip of tea of perfect calmness, and have a taste of Hong Kong’s unique Way of tea.

Teahouses@HK: Tea aesthetics of leisure amid the hustle and bustle

Hong Kong is always on the move. People are leading stressful lives. Speed tops the list, as if there is not even a moment of peace, where people can stop and breathe in the air of leisure; moments of peace are this rare in the city. To secure tranquility in the mind and appreciate slow living, we can go to authentic teahouses for tea drinking. Teahouses are no Chinese restaurants where we will have yumcha. Yumcha features dim sum, or refreshment, and tea is not the focus. Teahouses emphasize tea itself, alongside everything related to tea appreciation.

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About

1-angel-card-teahouses-hong-kong

The “Tao of Tea,” or the Way of Tea, is the high-end aesthetics of tea spiritualization. With tea as the medium, we appreciate the beauty of tea and water blending in together, attain the Tao of Heaven-Man connection, and indulge in the quietness, stillness and harmony during a tea session. Tea-ware, and the environment are also crucial, since exquisite tea-ware and an environment in perfect peace elevate the tea experience to a much higher level. But tea drinking is more than a sensory enjoyment; the core part of tea drinking is to discern the “Tao” behind, connecting ourselves with tea as one and focusing on each step of tea brewing. In rough language, “Tao” relates to the aesthetics and pursuit of harmony with the cosmos and nature. For tea drinking of this kind in Hong Kong, we may well try out the following three teahouses where we will embark on the Way of tea.

Song Cha Xie (the Pine Teahouse)

2-angel-card-teahouses-hong-kong

Song Cha Xie (the Pine Teahouse) tops the list. Situated at Nan Lian Garden of the Chi Lian Nunnery, the Pine Teahouse architecture adopts a Tang dynasty-style that epitomizes the aesthetics of Chinese classical wooden structure. Nestled in a Tang-style garden, on way to the teahouse, we will be spoiled by exquisite sights of beautiful pine trees, lovely rocks and elegant wooden structures, immersing ourselves in the Zen atmosphere that purifies our worldly mind. We will put off our shoes when entering the teahouse, just like we will release all the worldly troubles before heading for the spiritual realm of tea. Inside the teahouse are the aroma of wood and a sense of ancient calm, giving people a moment of peace. The Pine Teahouse offers Wuyi tea, on top of other rare tea species. Tea-wares are crafted with elegance that never goes posh and ostentatious, making the best tea-ware for an artistic session of tea drinking in peace. While enjoying the koi in a pool right next to the teahouse corridor, you will indulge in a sip of tea and appreciate the Tao behind.

Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Rd, Ha Yuen Leng, Hong Kong

The Phoenix Tea

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The Phoenix Tea situates at the busy commercial district in Tsim Sha Tsui. Phoenix Tea is committed to promoting the Chinese tea culture, and providing tea lovers a place of get-together and exchange. Premium Wuyi tea is the theme of Phoenix Tea; simple snacks are in offer. Tea servants are polite, and willing to handle inquiries about tea with their tea expertise. Have a sip of tea, and you will indulge in sheer clam. If you look out from the window for busy city sights, the heart-moving clam with tea will come to be more valuable. In tea, we comfort and relax our busy minds that grow too tired and never seems like to take a rest.

2/F, Kolling Centre, 77 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Lock Cha Tea Shop

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Lock Cha Tea Shop is located at Hong Kong Park in Admiralty. The teahouse is furnished with traditional Chinese elegance, with wooden tables and chairs refined in simplicity. The teahouse offers a full range of Chinese tea, alongside other snacks and dim sum, where tea is still the dominant theme of Lock Cha Tea Shop. In the teahouse, there is a display area of exquisite tea-wares that spoil your eyes. Traditional Chinese music sessions are offered; tea drinkers season their tea with the calmness and peacefulness in tune with the music.

Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Be it the Pine Teahouse’s Tang-style tea fun, or Phoenix Tea’s art of tea, or Lock Cha’s tea with music, we can enjoy a sip of tea of perfect calmness, and have a taste of Hong Kong’s unique Way of tea.

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