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The Night the World’s Top Tea and Wine Geeks Got Crazy

What happened after I walked into a Bushwick photo studio for a pu'er tea tasting by Two Dog—one of the only westerners producing pu'er tea in Yunnan, China with a cult following—is a night I’ll never forget.

Tuesday scent of the day 9/6

Happy National Coffee Ice Cream Day! What fragrance are you wearing? I'm in Hermès Osmanthe Yunnan. Tea at the moment is Mariage Frères Bouddha Bleu, mixed with a plain sencha to make it a bit less fruity. Reminder: 9/9 will be Tea Time Friday...

Review: 2011 Yunnan Sourcing Cha Qi

2 months agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Recently, I’ve begun to fall in love with young sheng puerh. Brewed with less leaf and cooler water than would be used in aged sheng or shou puerh, it offers crisp, fresh flavours with an aggressive astringency that I’ve come to appreciate. Show More Summary

?Boeing finalizes Dreamliner deal with Chinese airline

Purchase is part of airline's strategy to make its base in the Yunnan province the gateway from southwest China to rest of the world

Another Restaurant Bites the Dust on Clinton Street

So long. Four-year-old Yunnan BBQ — Erika Chou's critically acclaimed Chinese restaurant (formerly known as Yunnan Kitchen) — has closed. Fortunately, Chou already has another project in the works, which she says is "Chinese-centricShow More Summary

Tuesday scent of the day 6/21

3 months agoBeauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

Happy International Yoga Day! What fragrance are you wearing? With thanks to a very kind perfumista fairy, I'm wearing Lush 25:43. Tea at the moment is Wild Arbor #2, a Yunnan from Tea Trekker. Reminder: on 6/24, we're doing A House Divided...

A Chinese River’s Uncertain Fate

Environmentalists have defended the Nu, in Yunnan Province, for more than a decade, battling state hydropower firms intent on building dams.

Two-Legged Goat Learns to Walk

4 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

A goat (described as a lamb in the video description) was born in December in China's Yunnan Province without its back legs. The female kid was seen standing only a day after its birth. She also tried to walk, and within a week had figured out how to get around on two forelegs. Show More Summary

Determined two-legged goat defies the odds and walks

A six-month-old goat from southwest China's Yunnan province has defied the odds by learning to walk despite having only two legs. The kid was born without its hind legs in a farm in the Xinping Yi-Dai autonomous county, but was determined...Show More Summary

Dawazisaurus brevis: a new Middle Triassic Eosauropterygian From China

Dawazisaurus Brevis, A New Eosauropterygian From the Middle Triassic of Yunnan, China Authors:Chen et alAbstract:Dawazisaurus brevis (gen. et sp. nov.) is a newly discovered Triassic marine reptile, represented by a complete skeleton from Member II of the Guanling Formation of Luoping, Yunnan Province, China. Show More Summary

China to release more water to alleviate Southeast Asia drought

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will release more water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of Southeast Asia, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, following an initial release begun last month.

Black wattle's new biogeographic distribution threatens flight safety in China

Black wattle, flowering trees also known as the Australian acacia, have been observed to rapidly spread around local airports in Yunnan province, southwestern China. According to the ecologists, this alien species and its extraordinary pace of invasion are to lead to new threats for both flight safety and local biodiversity. Show More Summary

20,000 Miles Till Lunch: Feasting Our Way Through Yunnan Province

My husband, Matt, and I, along with our daughters, Bella and Lily, are four long months into our cross-country road trip. All of us are lean and more than a little ragged. By the time we cross the border into Yunnan, we're ready for a change to softer, gentler lands. Show More Summary

Review: 2015 Year of the Goat by Yunnan Sourcing

6 months agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Yunnan Sourcing released this shou puerh tea cake last year to commemorate the year of the goat in Chinese culture. It’s a full 357g pressing that goes for a very reasonable $18 on the Yunnan Sourcing website. It’s an affordable, interesting...Show More Summary

Monkey picks phone apart like it's a worthless toy

When your phone lands in the wrong hands, it usually doesn't end well. A tourist at Kunming Zoo in Yunnan, China, learned it the hard way when she accidentally dropped her smartphone into a monkey enclosure while trying to take pictures...Show More Summary

China to release water from dam to alleviate SE Asia drought

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will release water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Review: Yunnan Sourcing 2014 Ai Lao Mountain

7 months agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Ai Lao Mountain by Yunnan Sourcing is a sheng mini tuo cha production that is great for on-the-go brewing. The material used in these convenient, individually wrapped mini tuos is first flush spring harvest according to the Yunnan Sourcing website and tends to be of medium compression. Show More Summary

Tuesday scent of the day 2/9

8 months agoBeauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

Happy National Bagel Day! (It's apparently also National Pizza Day and National Toothache Day— choose your poison.) What fragrance are you wearing? I'm in the 5 star Hermès Osmanthe Yunnan. Tania Sanchez: "a perfume of pure happiness". Tea at the moment is American Tea Room Bao Zhong Royale oolong. Reminder: on 2/12 we're doing 5 Star Friday...

A little something for the missus: Yunnan artist creates jade bra decorated with 223 colored gemstones

8 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

In what we can only assume will become the fashion trend of the year, an artist from Yunnan spent 3 years carefully crafting a bra from jade. [ more › ]

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