Tea Shop

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 22:12

In 1987 there were still plenty of tea shops.

Date picture taken
1 Nov 1987


Hi Andrew - yet another interesting photo.

This particular shop specializes in medicinal 'teas' - leung cha etc., but also advertises a very special blood-clearing concoction made from tortoises !


Hi Harry

Thank you for the information. Sometimes, I bought glasses of tea from tea shops and found them very refreshing.  However, I am glad that I didn't do so on this occasion!  It's very good that you and others amongst David's readers can read the Chinese characters and help to identify where and what the old photographs are about. I've often wondered what the shop signs meant and have always been full of admiration for how the Chinese children manage to learn them all. Somebody once told me that basic literacy required 2000 characters.  I think it's a bit too late for me to start learning them!  I once watched a butcher trying to slaughter a turtle or maybe it was a tortoise.  Every time the turtle seemed to sense the chopper coming down it ducked back inside its shell - but there was only ever going to be one winner.  I was not sure whether the small crowd was there to watch the performance or waiting to buy some meat.  Best wishes  Andrew

Hello T

Yes, there are so many different varieties of true tea, never mind the non-tea teas. In the UK, most tea drunk is blended.  During the early 2000s, when I spent nearly a week each December exploring the war ruins, I took a larger suitcase than necessary simply so that I could bring back several large packs of tea. I forget what it was - probably Oolong.  The first time, one or two burst during the flight scattering tea all over the inside of the case.  Subsequently, I pricked a small hole in each one to ease the pressure.

I'm afraid that tea drinking in the UK is declining in favour of coffee - but some of us still prefer the cleaner taste of good tea.

Best wishes Andrew