ChinaSnap! Chrysanthemum Tea
This is a picture of… a mug of Chrysanthemum tea (Zhuhua Cha, 菊花茶).
At the time I took this ChinaSnap! I was… reading at Home Cafe on Nanluoguxiang Street (南锣鼓巷), a revitalized district of hutongs (衚衕, traditional Chinese houses) in Beijing.
I remember that… usually, Chrysanthemum tea is served with rock sugar to balance out the sometimes bitter undertones.
This qualifies as a ChinaSnap! because… tea is quintessentially Chinese, and Chrysanthemum tea is that much more authentic. The floating flower bulbs are whimsical, and the tea has a delicious yet mild flavor. Plus, it is a staple of Chinese medicine, curing all kinds of illness from the common cold to liver issues.
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