My point is there are complicated issues and matters that make China not quite same as Japan/Korea...it's quite common to see rich young Chinese hanging around in fancy tea rooms, discussing about LBZ, Yixing, Indian red woods or kyara...you could say high-class, but not minority.
For sure, but - percentage wise the rich are a minority in China, just with a very large population that is still probably a larger number of serious tea drinkers than the West combined.
Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou areas are not necessarily representative for the country as a whole. But you said it, China is complicated and a lot more diverse than other tea-consuming societies.
Maybe it's a point of view that's different..I don't know why I don't agree to see that tea drinking in China to be a minority act...meanwhile I've led my entire life as a minority
You said Shanghainese only drink LJs...old Shanghaiese maybe...but these days folks drink Puerh as much as they drink LJ..it's just this decade that Puerh drinkers enormously increased in mainland..before that only Taiwanese and HKers drank Puerh though
Go to Yixing, it's all young people around wirh their fancy cars driven with, and it's more common to see Chinese holding a cup of tea, than a cup of coffee out there..even in Shanghai...hottest beverage business for now is Yi Dian Dian, COCO..a bubble tea business, not Starbucks or COSTA
There is an old image of tea drinking in Korea and Japan (or Taiwan maybe?), out of fashion, never got that feeling in China..you said high-class as sort of minority, which is right..but the difference is the former leads a trend, the latter doesn't. It's like a wine, very few people understand wine but you couldn't say wine is out of fashion.