12 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sinophile

My English partner once told me, that China should re-Christen themselves the East Pole, claim Father Christmas as one of their own, and tell the children of the world, that he’s just moved closer to where the toys are made.

As we hear sleigh bells on the horizon, I know a lot of you will be facing Christmas with a mixture of excitement and dread, with many of you still hunting for exactly the right gift to spoil your loved ones and friends. Interest in Chinese culture have grown in recent years, and I hope this gift guide may help inspire anyone shopping for a sinophile!


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Jing Teas: Gong Fu Tea Set

I am reviewing a modern and minimalist Gong Fu tea set from JING, together with a tasting of their lovely Golden Gong Fu black tea. With cleaning after each use, this glass set can serve any number of different types of tea. A perfect gift for the compulsive tea drinker. And whether you like a dark winter brew or some cleansing after the rich food of the festive season, the Golden Gong Fu is the perfect Christmas gift.


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Mulan: Revelations

I was delighted when Dark Horse got in touch with me about the upcoming title “Mulan: Revelations”. Unfortunately, as this was back in the middle of convention season, I couldn’t write about it immediatey, and it was only when I saw the title on the shelves at my local comic store, that I received the kick to actually get the review up.


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No.32 Emperor Sencha

After a hectic month of conventions (attending and speaking at), I finally have a chance to continue my mini tea reviews, just what I need to relax and reset after an extremely busy season. Today I’ll be looking at Teafield’s No.32 Emperor Sencha.


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No.1 Royal English Breakfast

As the second of my mini tea review series, I’m looking at Teafield’s No.1 Royal English Breakfast.

I know, a little out of my remit of Chinese culture, but the shared love of tea is something that (now) unites these two great cultures.


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Midnight Musk

My last order from Teafields came with a little extra gift. Six tiny bags of tea leaves, as samples of their range. I reviewed the White Knight Silver Needle which I actually ordered, but have, until now, not had the time to give the samples the review I think they deserve.


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White Knight Silver Needle (Teafields)

Now that Christmas , New Year, and Chinese New Year have all passed, it’s time to detox and freshen up for the year ahead. What could be better than tasting Spring in a pot of supreme white tea? Here’s a review of Teafield’s White Knight Silver Needle. 


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Traditional Iron Buddha Supreme (Jing)

What with my December tea tasting talk and the pre-Christmas bustle, I thought I’d save my review of this lovely chop from Jing until January.


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Shikumen

I select restaurants to review for various reasons. Reccomendations, publicity, invite, occasionally just simple coincidence. We came across Shikumen due to a huge advert in London’s free morning paper. With an enticing dim sum menu, and a website littered with Shangai calendar pics, we thought it would be worth a trip to their Ealing branch.


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2014 Dragon Well Gold From Jing Tea

A review of this year’s premium chop of Xi Hu Long Jing, Mingqian, picked from Mei Jia Wu, courtesy of Jing Tea.


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