They drink tea! But to avoid excessive perspiration, they take refuge in the mountains, where the air is cooler and swept by caressing winds.
Last Saturday, I went to a very nice spot on Nankang Tea Mountain, east of Taipei: Guang Ming Temple. From there, I had a commanding view of the Wen Shan mountain area.
The temperature was 5 degrees lower than in downtown Taipei and enabled me to set up my gong fu cha accessories I always carry in the trunk of my car (except gas bottles!) I had time to drink green tie kuan yin, a second place oolong dong-ding competition tea and the rest of my Shi-zou Ali Shan oolong! This list probably makes me a very thirsty tea drinker!
It was a most enjoyable moment. The colors of the leaves were particularly bright under the sun. It didn't matter that the tea was warm. As Teaparker says: "Tea is a natural product. It is therefore very suited to be drunk outdoors. It will adapt to its environement and quench more than just our thirst."
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.