I was talking with a friend about chinese tea when I remembered that I had one bud of a chinese flower left. Now this is no ordinary tea, this is something I have never seen outside of China. You put the bud into a big glass, then you add hot water. The next minutes you will stare at the glass as the bud is blooming all of a sudden! It's not only a incredibly tasty tea, it's also visually very attractive. After the flower has bloomed, though, you don't drink yet - first you throw the 'old' water out and add new hot water, as the first amount of hot water also 'cleaned' the flower from dirt. Nice ritual, absolutely try it out when you're in China. Click here to see the full set of images on flickr.