Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The third of the large tables on the ground floor is a true stunner … exotic in every sense. Made from a single tree base. the outer bark removed and the natural surface polished. Each of the 5 stools are made from the same tree and retain much of their natural form.
The vast variety and diversity of the packaging of Pu-Erh tea is mind boggling. Everything custom: from the inner ticket and wrapper to the outer box and carrier. As I peruse just one of the section, this small sampling is available at reasonable prices .. but just to difficult to carry back, and if I did, I’d have to extend my tea room 10 fold just to display tea packaging……………………………………
Last week I visited Li Hong at her new place of business. Still located in the Dong Cheng area of Dongguan city. Near the intersection of: XueYuan Road and Dong Cheng Zhong Road. As ref: the Pink #2 is the location of Mrs. Yang's store.
Map source: heredg.com.
As a collection of 40+ “sections/shops” under one roof, a unique set-up for this area. The consortium of 7 owners are rightly proud of this immaculate set of shops. The staff are enthusiastic, and are here to learn about the tea trade as a business.
I plan on 4 separate postings to cover this visit. In all we spent about 1 1/2 hrs here, after spending 2+ hrs at Mr’s Yangs “Getting drunk on tea” to quote Palao. Part 1 The Sore, Part B Pu-Erh detail, Part III: The Tables, Part 4: The staff and Tea Pots
At the entrance, you are greeted by a host, who will escort and help you navigate through sensory input overload. I would need to shop here for about a month to imprint what is on offer and get to know the place. Fortunately Li Hong has known Palao and myself for about 6 years, so in that regard we have a friend to help us.
Ground / Street level entrance .. Pu-Erh by the: pallet (栈板 zhànbǎn) load.
Every thing in these stores has a marked price .. clearly defined in Chinese with sell prices in both Chinese and “Western” numbers. Prices are, in my experience very fair. A small amount of bargaining is possible depending on the size of purchase made.
Later in the day I went to SuZhou. This is a familiar sight to family and friends: Mr. Yen brought in his engineering director to assist in trouble-shooting a problem I need to resolve by Monday …………………………..
A family rendezvous: Recently married, Da Sha and her husband, joined her: younger sister, younger brother and his girlfriend, Matt, Robin and myself, at one of their tea shops. The family now has two shops, one in WuXi and their new shop in Chang Zhou, about 60 min drive from WuXi.
I watched as this once young work boat moved into: Song Shan Hu, with its strange assortment of pumps and derricks. It toiled to; dredge, drill and generally help shape the lakes new features.
More on this next weekend when I’ll return with more than just a cell phone camera.