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Angrboda said

Some help with Chinese, please?

My boyfriend has a colleague who’s from China and has recently returned from a trip home. She brought back a whole bag of these sample sized Tie Guan Yin packets. ‘China Tea Tie Guan Yin’ is the only thing on them written with western letters.

I made some today (it was really rather nice) and took a relatively in focus picture of the wrapper. It wasn’t easy because the kittens were trying to help me operate the camera (Charm) or run off with the wrapper (Luna), but I managed a decent shot in the end.

This link leads to the picture of the wrapper: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sOYrqqoOej7KewgJg0Ppxjt0rtk7VScRcTAqR2hWR8Q?feat=directlink
It looks like that on both sides.

Can anybody read the Chinese writing for me, please? Does it just say the same as the English writing or does it have more detail?

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Hi Angrboda,
What I can see is that the cursive in the box says “Tieguanyin,”, while the top part says “traditional specialty of Anxi, China.” Usually, the bags that tea merchants pack in are bought from a bag wholesaler and don’t say anything too specific about the tea itself, like what farm and what picking the tea is from.

PS: The kittens seem to have done a good job with the photo!

Angrboda said

So basically the same information then. I thought as much.

Thank you for your help, it was much appreciated. :)

(As for the kittens, that photograph was the last in a series of about 20 where at least a third invovled part of a cat. :p )

Will said

I think there is a brand name too – looks like maybe jíyáng (吉羊)?

TeaVivre said

yes, there is a name, it is jíxiáng ( the form of pinyin) (吉祥)

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TeaVivre said

from the picture of the wrapper, we can see three Chinese characters, named “ Tie Guan Yin” , And on the top part, the Chinese words indicated that this tea is produced in Anxi, which is a specialty tea in Anxi, China, also it is one of the Chinese top ten teas.

Angrboda said

Thank you

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Thanks for the information posted here… I have had the same problem with several teas that came from China with only general information on them. I used to buy direct via Ebay, but now have found such great providers in the US (like David, at Verdant Tea) that have taken all the dangers out of ordering haphazardly. :)

I do have need for some help with Chinese as well, and hope it is OK to ask here. In August, I purchased a tea set for $7 + shipping on Ebay (who says there are no deals to be found?). It has text on the saucers and on the bamboo tea utensil holder that I am unable to read. Anyone up for the task? https://picasaweb.google.com/105218141669736664412/20111010?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKq5iYjz8bHbaA&feat=directlink

Angrboda said

That’s gorgeous!

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TeaVivre said

On the bamboo tea utensil holder, from the sentence of the Chinese words, literally, it said that on a cold night, you and a friend who is far away from you, to taste the teas together , and also share the inner feelings about each other.

On the saucers, I can saw clearly about the words in the middle, it said something about the benefits health of the tea.

Thank you. I appreciate your help with the translation. :)

TeaVivre said

you’re welcome:)

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