Archive for April, 2010


The first cup caresses my dry lips and throat,

The second shatters the walls of my lonely sadness,

The third searches the dry rivulets of my soul to find the stories of five thousand scrolls.

With the fourth the pain of past injustice vanishes through my pores.

The fifth purifies my flesh and bone.

With the sixth I am in touch with the immortals.

The seventh gives such pleasure I can hardly bear.

The fresh wind blows through my wings

As I make my way to Penglai.*


*Penglai, a mountain in China, was the traditional home of the immortals.

In Chinese tea culture, any good teahouse will pay its respects to Lu Tong, for example by placing a statue of the poet near the entrance.

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142, Kee Shan Street

Recommended by Annie Cattan

An excellent teahouse in Taiwan (there are many more wonderful addresses): this one is the oldest teahouse in Jioufen, one hour from Taipei, not far from the Pacific.

There is also fantastic tea in the plantations at Muzha, on the outskirts of Taipei. Just walk along the road, follow your nose and pick one of the many teahouses scattered throughout the countryside.

Une bonne adresse de tea house à Taiwan (il y en a plein d’autres de merveilleuses) : il s’agit de la plus ancienne maison de thé de Jioufen, une ville située à 1h de Taipei non loin du Pacifique.

 Il y a également du thé génial dans les plantations de Muzha, en banlieue de Taipei : il suffit de marcher sur la route et de choisir selon son humeur l’une des nombreuses maisons de thé disséminées dans le paysage.

Website in Chinese with photos :


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“We have very busy lives – or we make them very busy. There is noise and activity everywhere. Few people know how to be still and find a quiet place inside themselves. From that place of silence and stillness the creative forces emerge; there we find faith, hope, strength, and wisdom. However, since childhood we are taught to do things. Our heads are full of noise. Silence and solitude scare most of us.”

‘Isabel Allende on Destiny, Personal Tragedy, Writing’

“Life is nothing but noise between two unfathomable silences”

Isabel Allende in “Paula”

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