Why Is Tea So Fascinating?

A Cup Steeped In Human Stories

A Film by Christy Hui

About the Film

9 DRAGONS TEA documents the untold story of tea’s epic journey, from her ancient Chinese origins to the accidental creation of Lapsang Souchong Black Tea in Wuyi Shan—home of the world’s most prized tea—Da Hong Pao. The unquenchable thirst for Chinese tea led to the Boston Tea Party, igniting the American War of Independence. In the mid 19th century, the envy of its riches drove the British to steal China’s tea secrets and culminated in a fascinating tale of industrial espionage.

  • Duration: 88 minutes
  • Written, Directed & Produced By: Christy Hui
  • Cinematography By: Marco Solorio

The film has captured the essence of tea's history in a beautiful way that honors the beverage's rich traditions and communal spirit. Quite an accomplishment! Secondly, the cinematography is mesmerizing!

Bruce RichardsonA Social History of Tea

The photography is breathtaking, the storytelling completes the experience. By far the most enchanting experience of tea that I have seen.

FaithAnn BailesCommunity Content & Conference Manager at World Tea Conference + Expo

A Love Letter to Tea

James Norwood PrattAuthor of New Tea Lover's Treasury

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