Dust jacket notes: "This is the first book to introduce to Western readers the Chinese art of tea, which - unlike its Japanese counterpart - is informal and wholly unrestricted by fixed rules. Besides the long history of tea, told with a wealth of legends, anecdotes and poems, we learn about mountain springs, tea houses and gardens, tea-loving emperors, Taoists, monks, potters, ladies, poets, scholars and many other colorful figures. All the material is taken from Chinese sources or from the author's own experiences during twenty years of roaming throughout the length and breadth of China. His first aim is to give impressions of a beauty now departed. The second is to provide practical instructions for the purchasing and enjoyment of fine teas, and of the lovely ceramic accessories that enrich the experience. There are sections on the innumerable kinds of green, semi-fermented and black teas; tea and the Tao; tea and health; poems and songs of tea; and a manual for practising the tea art. This is a book for lovers of beauty as well as enthusiasts of tea. In these pages Old China lives again."
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John Blofeld (1913–1987) was a world-renowned scholar and writer who devoted his life to the study of Eastern religion, especially Taoism and Buddhism.
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Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110043940021
Book Description George Allen & Unwin. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0043940021 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0945911