Experience Anhui – Huangshan’s Tea Culture 黄山茶香

Experience Anhui – Huangshan’s Tea Culture 黄山茶香

Last year, 2015 to be exact, was a very busy year for us, full of new experiences. A particular and very special one was the opportunity (or to be exact the numerous opportunities) we had to work with Anhui International TV 安徽国际频道 on a show called “Experience Anhui” 感知安徽.


The show is mainly broadcasted outside of China, in a few Asian countries and in Europe and America. Every month the director (who is one of the kindest person I have ever met by the way), compiles a show or if you want little documentary introducing different aspects of life and culture in the province Anhui. The first time he contacted us was in January 2015 and already end of January we started shooting our first show.


This first show was mainly about my husbands and my life here in Bozhou. And I have to say that mostly because of that show I got to know a lot of interesting parts of Bozhou’s culture which I might not have had the chance to without this show. For example, I got introduced to one of the last masters of Wu Qinxi  五禽戏, a medical exercise imitating the movements of five animals. But my most treasured and memorable experience was meeting Master Wang Binghua. He introduced me to the Chinese art of paper cutting, explained the basics and meanings of a few popular symbols. Since then I have been continuing to study with him. Unfortunately, we couldn’t continue due to health issues Master Wang has had since the end of last year. God bless him.


Today, however, I won’t be posting that specific show, because firstly of all it’s only about our life (if you are interested you can watch the show from CCTV4 “Foreigners in China”, that mainly portraits the same things) and secondly, I think it’s already pretty outdated by now.


No, today I want to share with you one of my favourite shows we shot in late April last year. When the director called us and said he is inviting us down to Huangshan for five days I was thrilled. And it turned out to be one of the most memorable events that year.


I have already written two posts about those few days (“Tea, sweets and a crab? – Discovering Huangshan’s Tea Culture”  and “How we became Huangshan Tea Farmers for one day”), but today, I proudly present the actual TV show. With permission from Anhui International TV, I was able to upload it on YouTube, so you guys have a chance to watch it. Unfortunately it has no English subtitles, so if you don’t speak a word Chinese it might be boring… but maybe the pictures already say enough.


Anyhow, enjoy.

Here is the YouTube link, if its not showing properly here.


Have you ever been on Chinese TV? 

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

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