Tea & Art – Artist and Writer
Wenzhuo Liu 刘文卓, after studying Chinese herbal medicine cultivation in China and Horticultural Science in Germany, Wenzhuo started to manage the mountain tea farm and produce Wudang Daoist tea since 2014, which is located high in Wudang mountains, Hubei, China. Read More She began to grow tea in northwest Germany to realize her dream of opening up a tea garden from scratch in 2016. Read More
Wenzhuo felt that only through such personal planting experience can people have a better understanding of the ancient Chinese from picking wild tea as medicine, picking seeds to cultivate tea trees, and improving planting techniques to asexual propagation. Read More Like the ancients, she wants to have a deeper understanding of the whole process from eating tea to drinking, and deeply study the history of tea ceremony and tea culture through her own personal experience. Read More
Now there are 200 tea plants in her small experimental tea field, she is actively looking for suitable mountains to plant the tea seedlings that have been cultivated. If she has the opportunity, she hopes to cultivate a tea garden near the Taoist temple built by her husband in the future, Patrick Liu, who is a taoist priest and practices daoisum. Read More
Wudang Mountain has a long history of daoists planting and processing tea back to the Song dynasty (960-1279), since tea was used in daoist ceremonies often and has many other benefits in their practices. Read More Ancient tea trees could still be found growing among high cliffs in deep forests, Read More nowadays, two varieties used mostly in tea productions are transplanted there in 1970s. Tea leaves are harvested in springs annually and sent to different tea factories nearby to produce high- quality green tea, black tea and dark tea. Read More Wenzhuo has registered Liu-Tea&Art since 2016 in Germany, with the help of the tea and artist team from Hubei, Yixing and Jingdezhen, they developed two brands: Wudang Daoist Tea and Liu-Chinese Art which includes daoist tea and art items including Wenzhuo’s own art works. Their passion is to spread Wudang daoist tea and art culture in Europe, along with the tea project to build a mountain tea garden and a daoist temple in Germany.
In 2017, the tea garden started in Germany, with tea seeds from Wudang tea trees and seedlings from Tschanara Read More, the Wudang Tea House held a couple of soft openings and events, and monthly updated Tea-Blog is official online. The tea project developed well during 2018, tea plants grew and survived in field and green house during the cold and long German winter, and at the same time, thousands of tea seeds from their own Wudang tea farm in China.
In 2019, Wenzhuo has joined in the EuT- Tea grown in Europe association Read More, and the Wudang tea house, tea garden and German Daoist Temple had reopened in a bigger place covered an area of over 800 square meter in order to expand the tea and daoist project.
In 2020, continued the tea project, Wenzhuo has published her fisrt tea book about tea and daoism, <Tea Notes 茶谱 – the Daoist Tea Book> Read More, and four tea articles on the Chinese tea magazine <Tea Time 茶博览> of February , July and December in 2020, February in 2021, <Love tea enough to plant tea> Read More <Maritime Tea Route from Hankou Wuhan to Germany> Read More and <German Planted and Processed Tea> Read More…
European Tea Trip 欧洲茶旅 project, Wenzhuo has worked with Tianmu News, to collect and edit European tea lovers‘ creative tea phone videos, through Tianmu News 天目新闻 App and website to introduce European tea topics to millions Chinese speaking audiences. A few issues, tea people from Berlin, Auchterarder, Immsen, Harz, Tarn, Winzenburg and Hamburg … have been published on App and website, and widely repeated in other press.