For All the Tea in China

A genuinely curious and evocative yarn' Scotland on Sunday 'In this lively account of the adventures (and misadventures) that lay behind Robert Fortune's bold acquisition of Chinese tea seedlings for transplanting in British India, Sarah ...

Author: Sarah Rose

Publisher: Arrow

ISBN: 009949342X

Category: Business & Economics

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Robert Fortune was a Scottish gardener, botanist, plant hunter - and industrial spy. In 1848, the East India Company engaged him to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China - territory forbidden to foreigners - to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea. For centuries, China had been the world's sole tea manufacturer. Britain purchased this fuel for its Empire by trading opium to the Chinese - a poisonous relationship Britain fought two destructive wars to sustain. The East India Company had profited lavishly as the middleman, but now it was sinking, having lost its monopoly to trade tea. Its salvation, it thought, was to establish its own plantations in the Himalayas of British India. There were just two problems: India had no tea plants worth growing, and the company wouldn't have known what to do with them if it had. Hence Robert Fortune's daring trip. The Chinese interior was off-limits and virtually unknown to the West, but that's where the finest tea was grown - the richest oolongs, soochongs and pekoes. And the Emperor aimed to keep it that way.

For All the Tea in China

"If ever there was a book to read in the company of a nice cuppa, this is it.

Author: Sarah Rose

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143118749

Category: History

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"If ever there was a book to read in the company of a nice cuppa, this is it." -The Washington Post In the dramatic story of one of the greatest acts of corporate espionage ever committed, Sarah Rose recounts the fascinating, unlikely circumstances surrounding a turning point in economic history. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the British East India Company faced the loss of its monopoly on the fantastically lucrative tea trade with China, forcing it to make the drastic decision of sending Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to steal the crop from deep within China and bring it back to British plantations in India. Fortune's danger-filled odyssey, magnificently recounted here, reads like adventure fiction, revealing a long-forgotten chapter of the past and the wondrous origins of a seemingly ordinary beverage.

For All the Tea in China

As the sun sets on the era of sailing ships, British captains Silas Hayes and Eli Lubbock race against a steam ship on the old tea route from Shanghai to Gravesend, England

Author: Stephen Sheppard

Publisher: Tudor Communications

ISBN: 0944276288

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As the sun sets on the era of sailing ships, British captains Silas Hayes and Eli Lubbock race against a steam ship on the old tea route from Shanghai to Gravesend, England

All the Tea In China

In this hilarious novel, Bonfiglioli takes us back in time to an ironical maritime romp?Master and Commander by way of Monty Python.

Author: Kyril Bonfiglioli

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 1468312820

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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In this hilarious novel, Bonfiglioli takes us back in time to an ironical maritime romp?Master and Commander by way of Monty Python.

All the Tea in China

Traces the history of tea, looks at Chinese and Japanese tea customs, explains how tea is grown and processed, and describes fifty Chinese varieties

Author: Kit Boey Chow

Publisher: China Books

ISBN: 0835121941

Category: Cooking

Page: 212

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Traces the history of tea, looks at Chinese and Japanese tea customs, explains how tea is grown and processed, and describes fifty Chinese varieties

For All the Tea in China

He had every reason to believe that he and others would one day return to claim more tea from its majestic homeland. “In a few years hence, when China shall have been really opened to foreigners, and when the naturalist can roam ...

Author: Sarah Rose

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101190012

Category: History

Page: 272

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A dramatic historical narrative of the man who stole the secret of tea from China In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China—territory forbidden to foreigners—to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China—a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure. Disguised in Mandarin robes, Fortune ventured deep into the country, confronting pirates, hostile climate, and his own untrustworthy men as he made his way to the epicenter of tea production, the remote Wu Yi Shan hills. One of the most daring acts of corporate espionage in history, Fortune's pursuit of China's ancient secret makes for a classic nineteenth-century adventure tale, one in which the fate of empires hinges on the feats of one extraordinary man.

Not for All the Tea in China

ordered a jasmine lemon tea. Our food was scrumptious and the tea—the most amazing that we have ever tasted In China. We ambled out of Jingli Street after having bought a beautiful set of six chopsticks and a carved and painted Panda ...

Author: Debbie Pozzobon

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781467879484

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 442

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Gino and i never thought that we would ever live in the land of Nine Dragons. It was not on our bucket list, and not on any horison that we had discussed. It seemed as if by some magic though, that we laboured initally against a tide of administration, before we found ourselves in this land of ancient wonder. Our life here is the theme of this story, It was not always beautiful. It was at times frustrating, and often totally confusing and overwhelming. One thing is is for certain - It was never boring. China, the people, the expats and friends that we made have left an indelible (red) smudge on the fabric of my memory. A memory that I would not trade...Not for all the tea in China...."

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The tea was as fine in quality as the finest China teas. #7 The East India Company planned to steal tea from China, and in order to do so, they needed China's materials, seeds, and tea knowledge. The company was planning on stealing ...

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 9798822521520

Category: History

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 In 1845, Robert Fortune was sent to China to collect samples of the Orient’s botanical treasures. He was in the last days of a three-year expedition to China, conducted at the behest of the Royal Horticultural Society of London, to find and collect samples of the Orient’s botanical riches. #2 The British Empire was a source of opportunity for many entrepreneurial Scots who were eager to make a living abroad. With their lively minds, they rose quickly through the ranks of horticulture. #3 The British had some knowledge of China’s affairs through trading contact, but the interior of China was still largely a mystery. The emperor took great efforts to keep foreigners from exploring his territory and exploiting its resources. #4 Fortune was chosen to lead the China expedition despite lacking the typical gentleman’s background that would fit him for such a prestigious Society assignment. He was paid wages of only £100 a year, a paltry sum on which to raise a family.

All the Tea in China

At the same time, the quotations, poems, sayings, and stories in the book are presented chronologically so that readers can appreciate what tea has inspired and why it continues to delight the Chinese people.

Author: Tony Blishen

Publisher: Shanghai Press

ISBN: 9781938368783

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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Wood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar and tea—otherwise known as "the seven things that open the door"—are the basic kitchen necessities Chinese people cannot do without in their daily lives. Among them, tea holds a very special place. It is not only a beverage, but also an integral part of people's hearts and minds, thus shaping a unique tea culture in China.In All the Tea in China, you will learn everything about Chinese tea for practical uses, as well as for meditation. Discover the origin of tea, its different species, production method and drinking etiquette. Also, through the vivid illustrations, readers will gain information about what tea is and how to identify a good quality kind. At the same time, the quotations, poems, sayings, and stories in the book are presented chronologically so that readers can appreciate what tea has inspired and why it continues to delight the Chinese people. A joy to read, All the Tea in China will be sure to enhance your tea experience.

All the Tea in China

Jane Orcutt is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including the bestselling Porch Swings and Picket Fences. A two-time RITA award finalist, Jane was also a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award.

Author: Jane Orcutt

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9780800731793

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Against everyone's advice and wishes, Isabella Goodrich leaves her predictable Oxford life to become a missionary in the Far East, where she fights against cultural expectations, common sense, and a mentor who is not as he seems. Original.