In the spring of 2009, I flew from Kunming to Xiamen in Fujian province. During the flight, I met several Chinese men from the province who carried small hermetically sealed packets of Tieguanyin in their trouser pockets. I didn’t think much about it at the time other than these men are ready to share and drink tea anytime, anywhere, even in the air.
I will admit to having a more than a passing addiction to the green leaf, and these days I don’t leave home without a stash of it in my satchel. A little obsessive perhaps?
A late seventeenth century meaning of the word ‘obsession’ referred to the ‘action of anything which engrossed the mind.’ An early meaning from the Latin obsessionem meant the ‘action of besieging.’
If tea has ‘besieged’ me in its fortress, I am its happy captive.
Because there is such a cornucopia of tea in regions across Yunnan, rather than calling the province ‘south cloud’ or ‘south of the clouds,’ which is what ‘Yunnan’ literally means, perhaps ‘Teapopolis’ is more appropriate.
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