Saturday, February 23, 2008

Famous Zi Sha Master, Rong Jiang, Passed Away

Ms. Rong Jiang, famous zi sha craftswoman, passed away on Jan. 19, '08 at age of 90. Ms. Jiang was born to a zi sha craftman's family in YiXing, and began to learn to make zi sha ware at age of 11. She designed more than 200 zi sha wares in her life time. Some of the well known ones are: Lotus Flower Teapot, Water Chestnut Teapot, and Lotus Wine Set. Here are some pictures of Ms. Jiang's work.


Cold Weather Will Likely Delay Harvest of This Year's Ming Qian Long Jing

Recent extremely cold weather in many southern parts of China raised concerns over this year's tea productions. Several news reports from Xi Hu (West Lake), the original production region of West Lake Long Jing, suggest that this year's Ming Qian Long Jing will likely start to be available around March 25. Mass production, however, will have to wait till late April. On the positive side, the cold weather killed pests and slowed growth of new leaves, which in turn improved quality of this year's production.