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Tea Learning Journey of Mei Lan Hsiao

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Greeting from Antwerp, Belgium

This is Mei Lan Hsiao from Belgium Chinese Tea Association.

My journey started when I was about 8/9 years old

As the eldest daughter in the family, it was my duty to prepare tea during the weekend when I was home for my parents.

My Mom has very difficult troublesome physical conditions, she could have different chronical problems in different seasons. Also since I was young along the way, I noticed that she needed different kind of attention, from time to time. That’s reason why when I chose tea for her, when I made tea for her, I have to pay extra attention to what kind of tea she could drink and how to brew that tea to make sure the tea did not upset her stomach and sleeping quality. So you can say my Mom was my first inspirator to learn about tea, but my learning point was not about tea itself, as matter of fact, , I started to learn tea with health according to Chinese traditional Yin-Yang wisdom.

Then in 1985 I was nearly burn out, I stood on the cross road in life; I started to question myself who am I ,  what am I doing, what is the future to be; at that moment I have no answer; all I knew was that  I like to drink tea, I wanted to go the nature to enjoy a cup of tea; that’s the voice to me. So I started to learn tea with a tea farmer in MaoKong, the tea region in Taipei. With this tea farmer family, not I enjoyed not only good quality tea, with them I have the pleasure to see how they took care of tea farm, how did they pick tea and how did they make tea. Then all in sudden I realized what attracked me to tea was not just about fine flavors and good tastes, actually I was inspired, moved and touched by those people who I did not know their names, who worked very hard in their life to show respect to the nature, also traditional wisdom, hand picked quality tea manually produced. I was moved and touched by the humane values behind tea leaves, I started to fall in love with tea even more without knowing.

In 1991 because I married to a Belgian, so I moved to Belgium. Left family in Taiwan behind was a very difficult decision but I was very very happy, because it gave me a chance to stand out my comfort zone, and I have chance to see tea and engage tea, to learn and appreciate teas from all over the world, certainly from mainland China, so I could learn tea by drinking tea. Often people asked me who was my teacher, who I learned tea from. I always said, the first person is my Mom and the 2nd is tea.  Tea provides us a lot of freedom to choose and tea provides comfort to the heart.

Living in Belgium, from time to time I feel homesick so what I do is to invite friends for Chinese food and, of course, share tea with them. A Belgian friend encouraged me and asked me to teach tea.  With the first group of Belgian ladies, I realized that they did not know about tea, they did not know is tea, what and how to choose tea, how to brew tea and how to appreciate tea. So when I stared the journey, I said to myself it’s not about business, it’s about helping people to appreciate tea.  Because there are so many good people in the world are looking for good teas; and vice versa there are so many good teas are looking for good people to appreciate them.

That’s what I am doing.  That’s my vow to tea. Tea can not speak, tea simply provides. As long as you have an opened mind, as long as you are willing, when you have a cup of tea, tea talks with you.  When you fall in love with tea, what you fall in love with is not tea itself, as matter of fact, it is you in the reflection in tea.

I do hope one day, I can welcome you to visit Belgium Chinese Tea Centre in Antwerp for a cup of tea.

What can we learn from tea?

What can we learn from tea?

Tea leaf has limit in size, tea cup has limit in capacity

the learning through tea in life is unlimited

Mei Lan hsiao

What we can learn are more than various types of tea drinking or performing of various tea arts or tea ceremonies.

Tea leaf.has limit in size, tea cup has limit in capacity per cup, but the learning through tea in life is unlimited.

When we are willing to open our minds and taking actions to implement basic morals in life through tea, it’s not difficult to enhance the learning by doing to improve the living quality:

  • learn to respect to the Nature, community and the planet
  • learn to respect and accept the own responsibilities with clear consciousness
  • learn the values of humanity with respect to those hard working nameless people
  • learn what and how to practice of equality without preconceived judgement
  • learn to appreciate from heart to self, learn to show earnest respect to others and to the world
  • learn when and how to lay down egoism, enjoy and appreciate the simplicity and tranquility from the moment
  • learn to put priority right by recognizing own responsibilities to the Nature, people, cultures and the world.

Of course there are more than the list, perhaps you can add on some based on your learning journey with tea. Let the carpet of tea full of kindness, love, respect and harmony.

#lifetimelearning #love #respect #people #kindness #learning #culture #quality #equality #ecobalance #earnest #tranquality #purification

©Mei Lan Hsiao, Belgium Chinese Tea Culture Association, Antwerp, Belgium 13/8/2022

Tea Tree & Environment Determine Tea Quality

Among 6+1 tea types, oolong tea only has about 1000 years of history, it is not same as fine quality green/white/yellow or golden tippy black tea that mainly from small sized tea leaf and it does not rushing out for tea picking in the early spring. Oolong tea does have specific requirements for quality from fully opened mid-sized tea leaves that picked in the early May.

The health of tea Tree and Eco Blanced biological growing environment determine the basic quality in flavour/s and taste of tea.

Mei Lan hsiao, chinese tea master

The long lasting and complex multiple layers of aroma probably is the most unique charachter you will notice from Oolong tea, and the aroma is varied from region to region. If you drink a bubble of oolong tea, the first few flushes have obvious floral and fruity aromas and other natural tea aromas, but the next few flushes suddenly lose the aroma, then pay attention, you may buy tea with added.

If the oolong tea you drink only in the first 1 or 2 flushes has obvious floral or fruity aroma, afterwards aroma note drops sharply and the taste become flat and dull, thenn the chance that Oolong tea you bought probably with additive aroma substance is big.

The production for traditional roasted Oolong takes few months to complete after the picking. And, it is suggested to have patience for at least 6 months till the firing Yang energy cools down。

Few unique points to bear in mind for Eco quality traditional roasted oolong:

  • Tea garden is located in a protected Nature, far from any human and/or industrial pollution sources
  • Adapt nature fertilization, remove grass manually (preferrably tea farmers also respect and allow grass completes its life cycle), free from pesticides.
  • In the region there are traces of wild live stock and insects that follow the nature laws of biological balance
  • Only pick once in Spring per year, tea trees are allowed to have well recovery after picking
  • The mao cha (tea after the basic production) will go through several times repeatedly roasting by experienced fire master.
  • The yearly harvest quantity is limited

There is no word to describe the emotional touch inside when standing in a tea garden. There is no better way to make a fine closure for a day with extraordinary taste of eco tea in this hot summer day.


许多人,不分中外,近来对排毒这两个字非常敏感, 对任何标榜排毒的产品都有兴趣购买. 然而有效排毒需要留意一天如何适度调整生活饮食与养生方式,如何有用心保持平衡,而不是靠一个“神奇”产品去排毒。







四维八德是我们中华文化中传统的基础。 “四维”是出于齐国管仲的《管子》一书,该书把【礼、义、廉、耻】称为国之“四维”。 国父孙中山先生在民族主义第六讲中特别倡导【忠、孝、仁、爱、信、义、和、平】为“八德”。



©萧美兰, 比利时, 22/7/2022

Lesson for parents




不管我们有多爱孩子,但是孩子不是我们的财产; 是我们生命的延续,但是他们有他们的世界去开创,有自己的路要走,有他们的天空需要他们展翅翱翔。

Filial Piety

From an ancient Chinese idom we learned the utmost kindness begins with filial piety。 百善孝为先 (bǎi shàn xiào wéi xiān)

The sustainable leadereship style is in question if one does know its meaning, actually the reason is quite simple:

How can you expect someone who honestly loyal and respectful if s/he does not even show the same attitude to respect her/his own moral ‘responsibility” to her/his parents?

How can you expect someone know how to behave as a team member if s/he does not even has a brother or sister? or does not know the respect to her/his elder brothers/sisters and kindness to her/his younger brothers/sisters?













  • 少量的包装可以鼓励有质疑的消费者愿意花小钱购买一点茶(样)来试试看。有助消费者对茶叶品质的兴趣与对茶企的品管信心。
  • 小罐如果是带有盖子的话,那么那个小罐还可以反复使用。但是如果小罐子是易拉罐,那么
    • 罐中的茶叶必须在那一次活动中喝完。消费者对茶叶泡法与用量是未必与茶企小罐茶的规划是一致的。收到易拉罐的人万一一次用不完,而茶罐又没有盖子,那不是很难堪吗?
    • 易拉型小罐,因为没有反复使用的可能,所以对环保会造成一个回收问题。换句话讲那一种小罐茶,不合乎环保意识人士的喜好。
  • 至于所谓大师加持,或许对那些夸大的市场宣传的服务公司有帮助,但是署名的大师对该款茶在曾经在哪里有出文证明他们对该公司与该茶的肯定呢?






若是一个茶企有不同的茶类,也有不同款茶,可以用最简单的“试茶”包装来吸引新的客户, 比方说下一个纸盒里面装6包茶,每一包茶以8-10公克做为试茶单位(不需要用罐子,减少铝罐的投资以及环保顾虑)。每一盒的茶叶因为没有过度夸张的包装开支,让售价合理化,如此可以刺激消费者因为价格不贵可以鼓励他们轻易的做决定购买茶样。在评过该品牌6种茶之后,消费者日后就容易决定要购买哪一种茶。

©萧美兰, 比利时中华茶文化协会於安特卫普,比利时, 25/07/2022

Moxa Workshop

In the Moxa workshop at Dr. Tao’s clinic in Antwerp this week, not only we have a chance to know how Artemisia argyi looks like so we can identify the herbal plant in the nature in the future; we also learn to plush the dried leaves with hands. the fraquence from the plush is much stronger than the fresh leaves.

We can also perform the moxa treatment with plush on top of thick sliced fresh ginger on specific meridian point. Adults can best learn by doing, during the workshop I showed how to use the moxa stick to perform the moxa treatment with moxa stick.

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