Rediscovering Vancouver’s Chinatown: Part II – Ancient Ceremonies

Photo: Remy Scalza

Chinatown is suddenly Vancouver’s most talked-about neighborhood (Just check out this recent Vancouver Sun article).   To understand Chinatown’s past and present, I tagged along on a unique walking tour of the neighborhood called A Wok around Chinatown.   In my last post, I talked about the neighborhood’s sacred places.  Today, I’ll take a look at the ancient ceremonies that are alive and well in Chinatown.

Believe it or not, I’m about to kung fu my tea.  Inside the Chinese Tea Shop, on the corner of Pender and Columbia Streets, I’m learning Gong-Fu Cha, literally Tea Kung Fu or the fine art of tea making.   My guide is master tea maker Daniel Lui, who immigrated from Hong Kong in 1997 and knows more about the Chinese tea ceremony than probably anyone in North America.

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Rediscovering Vancouver’s Chinatown: Part II – Ancient Ceremonies