If you’re a tea lover, you’re in luck! There are countless places around the world where you can indulge in your love for this delicious drink. From Japan to India, Sri Lanka to Morocco, and even the UK and China, there are many cultures and traditions to explore when it comes to tea.
In Japan, for example, green tea is very popular, and the “chanoyu” or tea ceremony is a centuries-old tradition. Visiting the Urasneke School, the Camelia Garden, the Kimono tea Ceremony Maikoya, and Sengan-en in Kagoshima would be a dream come true for any tea lover.
India is famous for its strong black tea and Masala Chai, a mixture of spices, milk, sugar, and black tea from the Assam or Darjeeling region. Chaiwallashs, or tea sellers, can be found everywhere on the streets, making this experience more of a street food style. You can also ask the Jaipuris to tell you how to get to the Sahu tea port and the famous Giani’s tea stall.
In Sri Lanka, the Ceylon black tea is the most used to prepare the famous Earl Gray, and it is one of the largest exporters of tea. Visiting its tea fields would be a luxury experience, in the Ceylon tea Trails, and exploring the Uva Halpewatte tea factory is another dream experience. The town of Nuwara Eliya, better known as Sri Lanka’s Little England, is also worth a visit.
If you’re in the UK, you can’t miss the tradition of afternoon tea, where you can enjoy a selection of teas and delicious snacks. Bettys Tea Rooms in York City, Sketch’s Tea Room, and the B Bakery tour are all excellent choices for a great cup of tea.
Morocco is famous for its mint tea, which is traditionally served in a silver teapot and poured from a height of approximately 30 cm to create foam. The Dar Batha Museum in Fez and the Les Bains spa in Marrakech are great places to visit, but having an experience in the home of a native of Morocco would be a very special opportunity.
Lastly, in China, tea is an integral part of their culture, and there are many places throughout the country where you can enjoy a good cup of tea. In Fujian province, for example, some of the best varieties of oolong tea can be found, while unique and rich pu-erh teas can be found in Yunnan province. Taking a tour of all the tea gardens in China would be an unforgettable experience.
All in all, tea culture is diverse, and each region has its own tradition, meaning there is a huge variety of flavors and experiences waiting to be discovered around the world. So, if you’re looking to discover the world of tea, there’s no better time to start than now!