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GLOBALink | Sipping tea in China: A British man's bond with Chinese tea culture

ZHENGZHOU, June 22 (Xinhua) -- David Mills is from Scotland, the United Kingdom. He came to China in 2006 and so far he has been working in China for 16 years.

Working at Henan University of Technology in central China's Henan Province, David met his colleague Shang Na, who understands Chinese culture deeply, particularly the Chinese tea culture. They became good friends, fell in love, and then got married.

Shang Na opened a gate for David. Fascinated by the profound Chinese tea culture, David has learnt and understood tea ceremony, tea making and Chinese language, etc.

As traditional Chinese culture is gaining more and more popularity among young Chinese people, David realizes it is a good opportunity to promote what he loves. With the encouragement and support from local authorities, David and Shang Na are trying various ways to promote traditional Chinese tea culture such as establishing a website and choreographing tea-themed dances. David hopes that someday Chinese culture can be shared with the world.

David Mills (R) and Shang Na study brick tea in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills collects ground tea powder in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Jiayi)

David Mills (R) and Shang Na study brick tea in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Jiayi)

David Mills puts tea powder into a piece of tea ware in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills (1st L) communicates with staff members of a website in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills grinds tea to make tea powder in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills pours water into a piece of tea ware in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills studies brick tea in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

Shang Na writes the Chinese character "cha", which means tea, atop a cup of tea in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills (R) and Shang Na check tea ware in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills tastes a cup of tea in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

David Mills makes a cup of tea in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, June 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li An)

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