韻海之巔
Yunhaizhidian


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.

清心淡雅,一團和氣
With pure heart and simple bearing,
one harmonious encounter

In Autumn 2016, Yunhaizhidian & Theasophie were invited to attend The First International Tea Culture Forum in Jiangsu Province. This was an opportunity to engage with tea practitioners from all over China, sharing exquisite teas in classical gardens while exchanging ideas about the role of tea in contemporary society. Tea figures prominently in China’s efforts towards cultural revitalization and those present at this event diligently apply themselves to this aim within their respective communities. Contemporary tea culture in China represents an exemplary space in which family, social, and spiritual aspirations all converge.