Hi from Wenzhou


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Hi from Wenzhou

Postby xuancheng » Nov 8th, '08, 10:22

Hi everyone,

I have had a Teachat account for a little while now, but don't post too much. I found the place through google alerts. Almost all of the hits for various tea words come from somewhere on Teachat. I have been invited to introduce myself, and finally referred to as a lurker in one post(no offence taken, but I am reminded of golum skulking around and it amuses me) so I decided it was time to take the plunge.

My name is Will and I'm originally from Massachusetts, but I live in China. I am currently teaching English in Wenzhou University. Wenzhou prefecture is a tea producing area. I'm sure all green tea lovers have heard of Taishun's SanBeiXiang, WuNiuZao and YanDang MaoFeng :roll:

I am a big fan of reading in general, especially about tea. In University my major was Chinese Language and Literature, and I have lived in China for almost 3 years if you add up all the time I've spent here. I am also a fan of other aspects of Chinese culture besides tea. Especially Taoism, qi gong, Classical Chinese, Xuanxue, poetry, the list goes on. I also like Chinese dialects and dialectology.

Living in (this part) of China is not actually the tea paradise you might imagine. The locals have a limited tea palate, and many fine teas are not available in local shops. However, I don't make a habit of bemoaning my fate and often take tea vacations to areas which produce my favourite teas (gone to Wuyi so far, hopefully going to Chao'an this winter).

I like all kinds of Quality teas, especially Yancha, Dancong Oolong, Taiwan Oolongs, Sheng Pu'er. I love fine green teas too, but now is not really the season for them.
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Postby Chip » Nov 8th, '08, 10:33

Wow, that is exciting, Will! Thanks for sharing with us. Welcome to the forum even though you have been here for a while.
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Postby brandon » Nov 8th, '08, 10:50

Glad to have you.
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Postby auggy » Nov 8th, '08, 13:46

Welcome officially! Hope to see you posting and not just lurking! :)
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Postby leiche » Nov 8th, '08, 13:50

Welcome!

I envy your trip to the Wuyi area... yancha is my favorite.
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Postby Vulture » Nov 8th, '08, 14:02

Welcome to the forum!
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Postby Salsero » Nov 8th, '08, 16:00

It's great to have you around. Your posts are exceptionally interesting and meaty. I have looked at your blog a number of times and am delighted to see you here now too in a more informal, interactive environment.

Is you avatar a sunflower? It's beautiful.
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Postby Goose » Nov 8th, '08, 16:10

Welcome Will.
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Postby Victoria » Nov 8th, '08, 16:19

Welcome!
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Postby Trioxin » Nov 8th, '08, 17:15

Welcome to Teachat Will.
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Postby xuancheng » Nov 8th, '08, 20:48

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! Teachat is such a nice community, the main reason I wanted to stop lurking. :P

Salsero wrote:Is you avatar a sunflower?


My avatar is a tea flower. Its cut from an old Dutch illustration of a tea plant. Glad you like it. I have always been a fan of your avatar too.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 8th, '08, 20:58

xuancheng wrote: My avatar is a tea flower.
Of course, all the beautiful yellow camellia stamens!
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Postby Victoria » Nov 8th, '08, 23:04

Nice looking blog & photos.
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Postby hop_goblin » Nov 8th, '08, 23:05

Welcome!
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Postby olivierco » Nov 9th, '08, 03:59

Welcome!
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