Macao, a region on the south coast of China, has been given the nickname of “the Vegas of China” due to the influence of other cultures, and the increase in casinos and gambling. Who would think that this same region Macao would also become such an important place for the creation of tea.
Dating from the early 17th century, Macao was the most important entry that exported chinese tea to the west. The tea trade was a crucial industry, as it played an important role in the history of China; bringing the tea propagation and trade. Eventually, the Chinese tea culture was disseminated to Europe, the Americas and worldwide, and merged with local customs and habits to form a new type of global tea culture.
Macao was then a gate-way of sorts for tea exportation around the world. It had an abundance of valuable cultural heritage related to tea, in the form of art such as poems and couplets centred on tea, drawings with tea as the theme, and other cultural staples like tea restaurants, tea shops, tea societies, tea houses, tea booths, and tea customs.
Today, it is sad but it seems we could find more tea houses in Hong Kong rather than Macao. We visited a tea museum (picture above) and was looking for an original tea house that was mentioned in the museum. Unfortunately, the staff said it was closed years ago due to the influence of casino.
For Hong Kong, tea is still a popular drink and Hong Kong people enjoy it throughout the day - for breakfast, in the afternoon, and at dinner. Most teas in Hong Kong come from China but decades of colonial rule under the British lent to the custom of enjoying "milk tea." Tea and dim sum are a pair of lover. In Cantonese (spoken in Hong Kong and parts of Southern China), "yum cha" refers to the Chinese tradition of drinking tea. Yum cha has come to mean sipping tea while eating dim sum, similar to Tapas. Yum cha and dim sum words are used interchangeably.
Disclaimer: We are not associated with any local or oversea tea organization.
Staff at Great Tea Road Co