Yunhaizhidian Classical Teahouse was founded by Jiangxi native Chen Jian. Upon arriving in Yunnan in the 1990s, he soon encountered and began to collect Pu’er tea. His first trip to Xishuangbanna’s tea mountains took place in 1999, at which time he initiated an apprenticeship with a man remarkably knowledgeable about the tea mountains. Over the following decade, Chen Jian would acquire an expertise in all aspects of artisanal craftsmanship. Each year, he penetrated deeper into the heart of the tea mountains, seeking out village families and old-growth gardens with whom he would develop lasting friendships, some now approaching 20 years.
In 2006, during Theasophie’s first visit to Yunnan, we would meet Chen Jian and commence an initiation into Pu’er tea culture in a manner few Westerners have experienced. As portrayed in this short film, Chen Jian’s approach to tea is deeply aligned with his family values and Chinese cultural heritage. He has worked diligently to establish Yunhaizhidian tea culture as a form of social practice based on principles of hospitality and etiquette.
With pure heart and simple bearing,
one harmonious encounter