Missy's aunt and uncle decided to take us to a huge tea warehouse in downtown Beijing after they saw both of us looking at cheap souvenir tea pots at the Red Bridge mall. The tea warehouse as huge as any American mall, but more tightly packed full of store fronts, with each store stacked to the ceiling with tea and accessories. On the first floor of the mall, there were tropical fish and antique Chinese furniture, and on the second, it was all tea.
Missy's uncle is good friends with this tea master, who was incredibly knowledgeable and giving. While Missy's aunt and uncle hung out in his shop and had tea, Missy and I looked at hundreds and hundreds of tea pots, trying to narrow down the selection. After wandering through stores, we'd come back to this one to have more tea, then wander around shopping again. All in all I think we spent something like five or six hours drinking tea, sitting around, and looking at tea pots. I came away with two tea pots, a kilo of tea, some tea candy (that enhances the flavor), two huge bags of those green tea pumpkin seeds, and a great story about my day in the Chinese tea warehouse where I learned about tea and ceremony.
The final clip was taken as our tea master was packing the tea for Missy and I to bring home -- a kilo separated into individual bags for serving, then vacuum sealed.
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