Huigan and Qi

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Aug 30th, '13, 09:20
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Huigan and Qi

by AllanK » Aug 30th, '13, 09:20

I see many references to Huigan and Qi but no definitions when I do a search. What are Huigan and Qi, I am sure I would understand the English translation?

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Aug 30th, '13, 09:33
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Re: Huigan and Qi

by NPE » Aug 30th, '13, 09:33

Huigan is explained in the forum a couple of times hidden mostly in Pu-Erh topics.
For more detailed explanations, I recommend reading http://listeningtoleaves.blogspot.co.uk ... i-gan.html and http://articles.bannacha.com/index.php? ... pu-erh-tea

A short overview or other commonly used tea related terms is available here http://chineseteas101.com/jargon.htm.

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Aug 31st, '13, 01:42
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Re: Huigan and Qi

by Poohblah » Aug 31st, '13, 01:42

It is dangerous to ask "what is qi?" because people have been debating the answer to that question for over 2,000 years.

If you ask an academician, you will hear something dry and cryptic, like "cosmic energy".

If you ask any serious practitioner of Eastern religion, you will likely be told that it is only something that can be felt, not described.

So what is qi? Your guess is as good as mine.

However, in the context of tea, qi seems to be fairly well-described... though I better not attempt to enumerate the feeling one gets from consuming tea with potent levels of qi, since I've yet to experience it myself. Tea with high qi seems to be associated with a rush of blood to the head and stomach, heightened mental clarity, and lifted spirits. But that's just my vague, nebulous conception.

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Sep 3rd, '13, 09:48
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Re: Huigan and Qi

by MEversbergII » Sep 3rd, '13, 09:48

It's also largely subjective, which complicates matters.

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Sep 3rd, '13, 11:13
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Re: Huigan and Qi

by MarshalN » Sep 3rd, '13, 11:13

Well, qi is a difficult subject, but I can pretty safely say that not every tea has qi - in fact out of maybe 20 teas I sample, one would have some reasonable qi. This includes stuff labeled as gushu, big tree, etc etc. but which have no qi. It's something you feel, and unfortunately not much more can be said. Different people seem to have different reactions.

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Sep 3rd, '13, 14:12
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Re: Huigan and Qi

by jayinhk » Sep 3rd, '13, 14:12

You can even call it life force or energy--and your energy will interact with different qi in its own way. Cryptic enough?

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