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The Interesting “Herbal Tea” Culture of Hong Kong

The Interesting “Herbal Tea” Culture of Hong Kong

Date: 2021/10/23 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Kowloon Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Speaker: Dr. SIU Yan-ho
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Remarks: Talk conducted in Cantonese. Limited seats. Free admission by phone at 2926 4055 from 9.10.2021 (Saturday).
(Video Recording URL would be available for access from 25 March 2022 7:00 p.m.)
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2926 4055

The term “ herbal tea” (“leung cha”), literally meaning “cooling tea”, can be found in ancient documents, and cases of drinking herbal tea mentioned therein bear a strong resemblance to the drinking of herbal tea today. Why is it that herbal tea, which is closely related to Chinese medicine, is referred to as “tea” instead of “medicine”? We can tell the similarities and differences between the two in their names and purposes. Situated in the south, Hong Kong is under the influence of the herbal tea culture of the South China region. From the traditional brands of herbal tea in Guangzhou to the herbal tea culture of post-war Hong Kong, there were stories of joys and sorrows in the history of herbal tea for us to savour. Herbal tea has been depicted in a lot of literary works and films of Hong Kong, which provide precious information on the herbal tea culture of Hong Kong.