It's hard to overemphasize the importance of tea in East Asian culture, lifestyle, and health. Tea is everywhere, as an everyday beverage and as the subject of much connoiseurship and appreciation. Studies have also suggested health benefits as diverse as brain health and stroke and cancer prevention (see recent article on About.com). As one Chinese proverb says, "It is better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one."
Yuan sends us photos from a "tea garden" in China.