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Guys interested in Asian dating don’t typically start out with a love for tea, but sometimes an interest in tea blossoms from the experience. There is one place in China that is iconic as far as tea-drinking goes: Hangzhou.
Hangzhou is the capital of the Zhejiang province and is also known as the “capital of tea.” The city is home to the renowned Dragon Well, or Longjing, green tea and offers one of the most authentic tea-drinking experiences in all of China.
If the Asian dating romance is going well, there could soon be a trip to China, and Hangzhou is not to be missed, especially if you are interested in tea. The place is picturesque, offering a glittering lake and a sprawling landscape. Don’t miss the scenic trails, woodsy paths and a number of historical and cultural spots to visit.
Whatever you do when visiting Hangzhou, be sure to enjoy the tea. Longjing tea is grown only in this region and is one of the few teas to ever have been granted an “Imperial Tea” status during the Qing Dynasty. The leaves are handpicked and roasted almost immediately, which prevents the natural fermentation and oxidation processes.
The delicate tea leaves produce a yellow-green color and a subtle, smooth flavor. The tea has been shown to be rich in vitamin C, aid in digestion and offer a number of other health benefits. Aside from drinking plenty of Dragon tea while in Hangzhou, be sure to also check out the National Tea Museum, the Meijiawu Tea Plantation, and the area’s many fabulous tea houses.
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If you are interested in Chinese dating, you will probably find it beneficial to learn about the different aspects of the culture. This can include observing dating customs, exploring Chinese cities, learning the country’s history, and even finding out about its food.
Tea has become an integral part of Chinese culture. In fact, it is such a big part of the country’s culture that when many people think of something iconic about China, they often think of tea – and of course, the Great Wall!
What is it about tea that is so great? You might want to ask your new ladylove, but having a little background of your own will help the conversation along. Drinking tea has a number of benefits such as refreshing the mind, weight loss, and clearing heat from the body.
Here are some more tips you might find useful:
- Drink tea hot. Iced tea might be refreshing on a hot day, but in China, tea is primarily consumed while hot. Cooling tea also diminishes its nutritional value.
- Avoid drinking too much strong tea. Consuming too much strong tea can upset your stomach and lead to insomnia.
- Drink tea between meals. Drinking tea too close to a meal may actually fill you up before you eat or cause indigestion right after.
- Be careful with medication. Due to the high amount of tannin in tea, be careful when you are taking medication as it might interact and cause the medication to be less effective.
Although these tips are not specific to China, knowing a little more about tea is helpful, especially if you are interested in Chinese dating. Now you can go ahead and wow that lucky lady with your strong knowledge base on how and when to drink tea!
If you are considering Chinese dating or you have already begun a romantic relationship with someone in China, chances are you might be packing your bags and heading there to meet that special someone in person.
The thing is, if you are planning a trip to China – especially for the first time – you may want to take in some local festivals to learn a little more about the country’s culture and customs. This can also help make Chinese dating a little easier, since it is always a challenge when two people from different cultures meet and fall in love.
The Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival is a great opportunity to spend a romantic day with your betrothed while learning a little bit more about her culture. The festival has taken place in Shanghai annually since 1994 throughout the month of May and has gained international recognition for its fusion of traditional Chinese culture with national specialty. Every year, thousands of tea enthusiasts, experts, and tea producers attend, making it an ideal date event.
With a theme of expressing emotion through tea and learning about it, this festival is completely focused on tea culture. The festivities include the likes of a tea art contest, tea panel discussions, tea art talks, tea set auctions, and plenty of tastings.
While in town for the Tea Culture Festival, it is a great opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of Shanghai – a fantastic city – so plan accordingly and get your passport ready!
*If you are interested in attending the festival, it takes place at Shanghai Difute International Tea Culture Square, Zhongshan North Road in Shanghai.