ory Working Group on CAM under the Chairmanship of Professor Pittilo. He was also an active member of the Chinese Medicine Regulatory Working Group.

Professor Mei worked tirelessly to protect the public from the marginalization of Chinese Medicine and was deeply passionate about issues relating to international medical policies, development, clinical governance and medical integration. He was awarded with the prestigious honour of becoming the European chairman of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. He also became the chairman of the CMC (Chinese Medical Council), dedicated to bringing the Chinese Medicine community together, in order to present a united front in the ever evolving legislation of Chinese Medicine. At the end of 2013, he was invited to participate in a working group organised by the Department of Health to advise the Government on suitable implementation of herbal medicine legislation. He promised to help find a correct and fair solution for both the practitioners and consumers.

Professor Mei continued his tireless work to encourage harmony and communication between East and West. He returned to his physics background, immersing himself in quantum physics and new science, and its application to Chinese Medicine. He wrote many papers and initiated debates on medical methodology between Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Dialectical Based Medicine (DBM). He spoke at numerous international events, including the World Medicine Forum and international conferences of integrative medicine.

Over the last few years, Professor Mei became interested in exploring the more philosophical side of Chinese Medicine and Chinese culture in general. He founded CHINALIFE in London offering a unique range of Chinese Tea and herbal tonics. He gave many talks on the subject of Yin and Yang and its relation to quantum physics. He also returned to his artistic roots by writing many poems and was about to publish his first book of poetry.

Professor Mei unexpectedly passed away whilst travelling in the Far East from a sudden and instant heart failure. His tragic death is a shock to the world of Chinese Medicine and beyond. He was one of those rare individuals, who could impact a life in a short amount of time. He effortlessly engaged and inspired others with informality and openness. His empathy, intellect and insatiable curiosity touched many deeply, leaving an unforgettable impression. Those that knew him even for the briefest moment are sincerely mourning his passing.

Professor Mei’s vision for a globalised medicine that cares for humanity and a new paradigm of medicine and health has inspired many and it is of fundamental importance that his legacy continues. His son, Don Mei, who has worked closely alongside his father for over 15 years, shall continue his valuable work. Professor Mei was forever a force for good and harmony and an inspiration for all who he touched. He will be sadly missed and the world is a dimmer place aer his passing.


























]]> <![CDATA[Special Chinese New Year Event Celebrates Life Of Prof Mei]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/special-chinese-new-year-event-celebrates-life-of-the-innovator-of-modern-chinese-medicine http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/special-chinese-new-year-event-celebrates-life-of-the-innovator-of-modern-chinese-medicine Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT On Saturday 1st February 2014, AcuMedic and chinalife, situated in Camden High Street, will be paying tribute to the late Professor Man Fong Mei and welcoming in Chinese New Year. This year’s celebration will be between 12 – 2:30pm and includes a special speech honouring company founder Professor Mei, as well as a traditional Chinese lion dance, Chinese food and music.

It was with immense sadness that AcuMedic, chinalife, CMIR and the Mei family announced the tragic news that Professor Mei passed away on 8th January 2014, aged 67, during his recent travels to the Far East. A pioneer in Chinese medicine and East-West integration, a philosopher, a physicist and a poet, he will be sorely missed by all those who he touched with his inspiration and positive energy.

A passionate integrator of Eastern and Western medicine for over four decades, Professor Mei was actively involved in many leading academic and clinical institutions in developing a global integrative model for medicine. His passion inspired his vision for a globalised medicine that cares for humanity and a new paradigm of medicine and health.

In 1972 he founded AcuMedic – an integrative Chinese medicine clinic, which has treated over 50,000 patients since it opened, and professional shop, which supplies acupuncture equipment, books and herbs to medical professionals and hospitals worldwide. He revolutionised modern Chinese medicine through his invention of the world’s first disposable acupuncture needle and designed the earliest range of micro-processor electro acupuncture and TENS apparatuses. He also pioneered the systematic approach to Chinese herbal medicine by developing the TCM Classic range of capsulated Chinese herbal extracts.

Professor Mei maintained a regular clinical practice at the AcuMedic Clinic and was also an enthusiastic teacher. He was dedicated to raising the level of practice, education, and research of Chinese medicine and acupuncture to ensure its safety and effectiveness on a global scale. Together with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, he established the Chinese Medical Institute and Register (CMIR) in 1994, one of the leading educational and professional organisations in the UK for promoting clinical excellence in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. A visiting professor at many universities across China, Professor Mei was also one of the principal lecturers for the academic courses held by CMIR and regularly taught Chinese medicine and acupuncture to Western trained medical professionals.

Among the many official positions he held, Professor Mei served as Chairman of the Chinese Medicine Council and the China-UK Consortium for Medical Integration, Research and Collaboration. He also served as Executive Chairman of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and the Chinese Medicine Education Instruction Committee in China. In addition, he was appointed as a member of the Steering Group set up by the Department of Health to report on the regulation of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine in the UK.

He was also a passionate physicist and philosopher, two areas he explored extensively in his MFM E-Letters. An avid writer, Professor Mei also enjoyed composing poetry in both English and Chinese. He will be greatly missed by his patients, students, customers and staff.

Professor Mei's son, Don Mei said “We know that many who we could not invite to his funeral service would like to honour Professor Mei and we would like to invite you all to a celebration of his life as we see in the New Chinese Year of the Horse. We have enjoyed hosting a New Year event every year and this year will be no exception.”

Chinalife will open its doors at 12pm for a speech by Don to commemorate his father's life and continue the positive inspiration of his father's legacy into the New Year. This will be followed by a traditional Chinese lion dance, which is said to bring joy and happiness to the people watching. The lion dance is performed by two performers in a lion costume made from papier mâché and combines art, history and kung fu moves. The movements of the lion are believed to increase the luck and prosperity of the business, with the tail of the lion sweeping away bad fortune and unpleasant things from last year.

This year Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, will be on Friday 31st January. The celebrations will be welcoming the year of the Green Wooden Horse; bringing a new cycle of creative energy. The Green Wooden Horse is a symbol of spring, freedom and renewed life, making it a dynamic year with rapid movements. It is said to be a lucky one for most, full of unexpected adventure, fast victories and surprising romance. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 will offer the opportunity to make life better and will set the milestone for the next decade to come.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Adena Zhao on 0207 388 6704, or via our online contact form, by Tuesday 28th January 2014. If you would like to send condolences, please also send them c/o Adena.

<![CDATA[Professor Man Fong Mei – A True Inspiration]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/professor-man-fong-mei-a-true-inspiration http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/professor-man-fong-mei-a-true-inspiration Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT It is with immense sadness that AcuMedic, chinalife, CMIR and the Mei family announce the tragic news that Professor Man Fong Mei passed away on 8th January 2014.

A pioneer in Chinese Medicine and East West integration, a philosopher, a physicist and a poet. He will be sorely missed by all those who he touched with his inspiration and positive energy.

Everyone at AcuMedic, CMIR and chinalife will strive harder to continue Professor Mei’s lifework. More details and a longer announcement will be made shortly. Any messages of condolence can be sent to Adena via our online contact form http://chinalifeweb.com/contact/general/attn:adena/

<![CDATA[OPENING TIMES DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/opening-times-during-this-holiday-season http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/opening-times-during-this-holiday-season Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Christmas Eve (Tuesday)        9:00—6:00 GMT


Christmas Day (Wednesday)  Closed


Boxing Day (Thursday)             Closed


Friday 27th December              9:00—8:00 GMT


Saturday 28th December         9:00—8:00 GMT


Sunday 29th December           9:00—6:00 GMT


Monday 30th December           9:00—8:00 GMT


New Year's Eve (Tuesday)      9:00-6:00 GMT


New Year's Day (Wednesday) Closed


Thursday 2nd January              9:00—8:00 GMT


<![CDATA[LOVE YOUR LIVER]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/love-your-liver http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/love-your-liver Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT January is ‘Love Your Liver’ month and we’re offering you 50% OFF OUR DETOX STARTER KIT until Friday 31st January.

‘Love Your Liver’ is a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the British Liver Trust, a charity for those who suffer from liver conditions. The aim is to encourage people to give up alcohol during the month of January to give the liver a chance to rest after the party season.

In Chinese medicine, the liver’s main functions include the control of a normal flow of qi and the storage of blood. Its functions usually affect other organs and it is responsible for detoxifying, nourishing, replenishing, and storing blood. So, it is very important to take care of your liver, especially during the holiday season when alcoholic excess is high.

Alcohol is a major contributor to what has been said to be ‘an epidemic in liver disease’. According to reports, excessive alcohol consumption has led to an increase of patients suffering from liver disease, putting pressure on health services nationwide. To reduce your risk of liver failure, we encourage you to get on board with this campaign and detox yourself for a healthy liver this January.

To help you with your detox this January, we are giving you 50% off our DETOX STARTER KIT. The kit contains five sachets of blended, all natural, detox herbs and five detox tonic drinks. Get yours and show love to your liver.


<![CDATA[SALE NOW ON]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/sale-now-on http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/sale-now-on Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Chinalife online sale is on, now through to Friday 31st January. With all items 10% off, get the most for your money and purchase the items you really want.

<![CDATA[THE TEA CONNOISSEUR GIFT SET]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/the-tea-connoisseur-gift-set http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/the-tea-connoisseur-gift-set Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Connoisseur Tea Explorer Gift Set has just got even better. You now have a choice of two wonderful tea towers with which to customise the gift set. Choose either the Classic Tea Tower or Sensation Tea Tower and let the Connoisseur Tea Brewer & Decanter gadget do the rest. This is the ultimate tea drinker's gift for the perfect day.


The Connoisseur Tea Brewer & Decanter is simply the must-have tea gadget for anyone excited by proper tea, producing a perfect brew everytime. 

Simply pour our loose tea into brewer, fill brewer with hot water, close lid and allow to infuse. Here's the gadget part, when brewed to your taste, push button to release and decant tea. This means that there are no leaves in your cup and the tea leaves are left ready for your next infusion. Once you've used this you will wonder how you brewed loose tea before.

Watch this to see how it works:


Now Choose the Tea Tower

Three beautifully decorated and stackable tea tins filled with a artisan loose leaf teas selected and blended by chinalife Tea Master Don Mei:

Classic: The perfect selection of finest leaf teas to enjoy throughout the day. This tea tower contains the antioxidant-rich Imperial Green; energising River High; and the caffeine-free Chrysanthemum flowers.

Sensation: An amazing selection of some of our most fragrant and uplifting blended teas: Exotic Mix (robust sweetness of Yunnan Red and aromatic rose buds); Floral Mix (finest white tea infused 5 times with Jasmine flowers and combined with soothing Chrysanthemum flowers); and Peppermint Goddess (creamy light Iron Goddess Oolong tea with the cooling Peppermint).


Which one will you choose?

<![CDATA[Join Us For Small Biz Saturday]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/join-us-for-small-biz-saturday http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/join-us-for-small-biz-saturday Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Christmas sees one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. With that comes an array of campaigns to get customers flooding into the shops. 

Many people are now choosing to shop online or often visit the big supermarkets. As a result many independent shops get overlooked. This may mean the business shutting down and you, the customers, missing out on some great affordable finds. 

Small Business Saturday is your chance to get behind local businesses and save the Great British High Street. This year will see the first Small Business Saturday in the UK, held on one of the busiest shopping days of the year - the first Saturday in December. So visit chinalife and show your support.


When you shop at a small, local business, you get so much more than just your purchases. We are an independent local business, with specialists who are willing to offer free advice with a smile. Our goods are of the highest quality and include teas that are a true treasure as they are not so easy to find. Even more so, you can pick up a tasty treat with our exclusive tea cocktails and pure teas (often a lot healthier than the drinks found in the big chain stores).

Get in the Christmas spirit early by supporting your high street heroes on 7 December 2013. #SmallBizSatUK

<![CDATA[Tea Tasting December 2013]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/tea-tasting-december-2013 http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/tea-tasting-december-2013 Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT DISCOVER CHINESE TEA

FREE Special Workshop


19th December, 7pm-8pm
Open To 9pm For Christmas Late Night Shopping

The perfect introduction to the world of Chinese Tea, delivered by chinalife Tea Master Don Mei. This is your opportunity to taste a variety of the finest quality loose leaf teas and ask any questions you may have about the wonderful world of tea.

•        Discover the origins of tea
•        Learn about health benefits of tea
•        Master the art of tea brewing

Spaces Limited.

Call us on 08700 100 023 to find out more.

<![CDATA[Chinalife 2013 Christmas Gift Guide]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/chinalife-2013-christmas-gift-guide http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/chinalife-2013-christmas-gift-guide Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Make this Christmas one to remember. We have put together a selection of unique gifts, including teas, brewing accessories and gifts for your wellbeing. With this guide you should have no problem finding the perfect gift for your friends and family to suit all budgets this Christmas. We’ve even divided it up into categories to suit each and every personality.


chinalife christmas gift selection


LIMITED EDITION CHRISTMAS TEA BAUBLES, £6.95 - A lovely gift to hang on your tree. Contains 3 packs of our signature mulled black tea containing fine tea blended with natural spice and aroma of Christmas. Each pack contains enough tea to brew a large pot of Christmas tea. Combine with milk or a slice of orange for a delicious taste of Christmas. The bauble contains a metal tea ball infuser to make brewing simple.

EXCLUSIVE TO CHINALIFE CHRISTMAS CARDS, £1.95 - A festive christmas card for the tea lovers in your life. Handmade and silkscreen printed.


chinalife tea connoisseur christmas gift guide


SENSATION TEA TOWER, £9.95 - An amazing selection of our most fragrant and uplifting teas packed in a stack of three beautifully decorated tins. This gift includes three of chinalife’s signature blends; Exotic Mix, Floral Mix and Peppermint Goddess.

TEA MASTER SIGNATURE TEA SELECTION, £44.95 - The ultimate selection of artisan whole leaf creations chosen by our tea master. This collection contains 12 teas stored in window tins, all packed in a beautiful and thick chinalife printed box with magnetic flip lid. This is a stunning gift and the box and tins are designed to use long after the tea has been enjoyed.

RARE TREASURES TEA SELECTION, £26.95 - A true connoisseur's collection of some of the rarest and most revered teas on the planet, sourced by our tea master. This collection contains 6 teas including; Amber Mountain, Silk Oolong, Phoenix Ball Black, Peach Flower Oolong, Monkey Picked Green and Green Yunnan Tuo.

BLACK PORCELAIN TEA CEREMONY SET, £24.96 - The perfect tea ceremony set to sample and serve your finest leaf teas. Includes one teapot, one decanter, four smelling cups, and four drinking cups. It is beautifully crafted, simple but stylish and has all the elements for the perfect tea tasting session. Each tea set comes with complete picture instructions of how to perform a tea ceremony so that you can become an expert and enjoy tea with friends.

CHINALIFE SIGNATURE TEA SELECTION, £17.50 - A beautiful gift box with magnetic lid containing a variety of tea and brewing instructions. Each tasting pack has enough tea to brew at least 5 cups of tea and this box has 15 varieties of artisan tea for you or a friend. This is the perfect Christmas gift to introduce someone to the world of fine tea drinking.

DOUBLE WALLED SMALL GLASS CUP, £2.46 - An exquisitely crafted double-walled glass cup designed to hold the heat of your brew for longer without burning your fingers. The translucent glass allows you to enjoy the colour of your brew with each sip.A perfect match with our signature glass teapot.

MUST HAVE TEA: GLEAMING BROW - One of the most expensive teas in China and almost impossible to find outside very special tea circles. We have only managed to purchase a very small amount of this tea direct from the growers so this is quite a special opportunity for those passionate about tea.


chinalife Tea Explorer Christmas Gift Guide


EMBOSSED TRAVELLING TIN, £1.50 - An exquisitely embossed tea tin with Chinalife's 1930s Shanghai lady on the cover. Pocket size, light and very stylish, this is the perfect way to carry your favourite blend wherever you go.

PERFECT CHAI TEA BAUBLE, £6.95 - Lovely clear bauble filled with 3 sachets of our homemade Chai tea and a fine mesh strainer.

TEA TASTER GIFT BOX - A personalised tea tasting gift box containing your own custom selection of artisan tea. Choose 15 taster packets of tea and we will pack in a beautiful gift box containing full brewing instructions. Each taster packet can produce a minimum of 5 cups of tea. Price is dependent on the tea that you choose.

DISCOVERY TEA TOWER, £14.95 - The complete introduction to Chinese tea with a stack of four beautifully decorated tins filled with a signature choice of White, Green, Oolong and Red teas.

MAGICAL BLENDS TEA SELECTION, £24.95 – Six artfully blended teas combining heavenly fragrances and flavours. Unique creations by chinalife tea master.

MUST HAVE TEA: PURPLE BUD - A beautiful and rare tea made from Pu’Erh buds. Picked from old trees in Yunnan province when they sprout purple leaves. This is a natural and unpredictable phenomenon and causes the plant to create a substance called anthocyanin which gives the tea a unique flavour.


chinalife The Men Christmas Gift Guide


PERFECT BLACK TEA CUP GIFT, £14.13 - Our beautiful glass mug with built-in glass infuser and lid and a large pack of the smoothest black tea you will ever taste.

RICH AND ROBUST TEA SELECTION, £26.95 - A special selection of six unique and intensely rich teas to savour. Strong but smooth brews chosen by the chinalife tea master.

CONNOISSEUR GLASS TEA BREWER AND DECANTER, £16.63 – Our Tea Connoisseur Brewer is a simple way of brewing tea to the highest quality without the ceremony.

BLACK LINES CAST IRON TEA SET, £44.13 - A perfect gift or treat. A beautiful, black lined cast iron teapot with 2 matching cast iron teacups and teapot stand.

TEA AND BISCUITS BAUBLE, £4.95 - An ideal selection of teas paired with chinalife’s famous yam cookies. A perfect treat for Christmas.

MUST HAVE TEA: EMPRESS OOLONG - A unique, top grade oolong packed full of earthy, chocolate aromas and complex flavours carefully matured for a beautifully smooth and clean finish.


chinalife Beauty Buff Christmas Gift Guide


JASMINE FACE MASK, £3.38 - An ultra refreshing skin quencher! This easy to use, no mess, cloth mask is soaked in a plant serum containing moisturizers and natural floral skin revitalisers. The perfect remedy for dry, overworked or sun damaged skin.

JADE ROLLER, £16.33 - For centuries in China, Jade Rollers have been used as a daily routine to keep skin youthful. Use regularly to massage face for fresh appearance.

HAND AND FEET PAMPERING GIFT, £6.75 - The perfect way to treat your hands and feet. Premium tea tree, peppermint, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E cream to soothe, disinfect and make your feet tingle. Packed with a luxurious Sweet Almond and Sandalwood hand cream.

AROMATHERAPY BEAUTY GIFT SET, £9.96 - 60g jar Apricot Facial Scrub to polish and refresh your skin, paired with our 60g jar premium Rose and Frankincense Face Cream.

PERFECT ROSE TEA CUP GIFT, £14.13 - Our beautiful glass mug with built-in glass infuser and lid, and a large pack of delicious rosebuds.

MUST HAVE TEA: SILVER NEEDLE - The champagne of white teas. In China, Silver Needle is drunk to prevent skin ageing and maintain youthful looks.

Also see... COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE FACIAL TREATMENT VOUCHER - Special offer gift voucher for a session of cosmetic acupuncture and a facial for only £49 (usual price £95). Redeemable for a full hour session of cosmetic acupuncture and herbal facial. The voucher is not marked as a special offer and has no expiry date, so it is perfect for a present.


chinalife Super Healthy Christmas Gift Guide


LIGHT AND FRAGRANT TEA SELECTION, £24.95 - A delicious selection of six fresh fragrant and delicate teas to uplift and revive. Chosen by our chinalife tea master.

SU JOK MASSAGE RINGS, £2.50 - These special rings are designed for the self-massage of acupoints on fingers and toes.

TRANQUILITY TEA TOWER, £12.95 - Three beautifully decorated stackable tea tins containing a wonder selection of finest leaf teas to escape the day to day, relax and reflect. This gift includes; Eastern Sunrise, Silver Needle and Dragon Pearl Jasmine.

ULTIMATE HERBAL TEA SELECTION, £34.95 - A collection of the world's finest tisanes, each with their own amazing taste and health benefits. This collection contains 12 teas stored in window tins, all packed in a beautiful and thick chinalife printed box with magnetic flip lid. This is a stunning gift and the box and tins are designed to use long after the tea has been enjoyed.

PERFECT MOUNTAIN GREEN TEA CUP GIFT, £12.92 - A beautiful glass mug with built-in glass infuser (so no more picking tea out of your teeth!) with a large pack of delicate and delicious Mountain Green Tea.

MUST HAVE TEA: AMACHAZURU FIVE LEAF LOOSE TEA - Amachazuru is known in China as simply the IMMORTALITY HERB. A rich sweet tea effective in strengthening the immune system. Contains over 50 kinds of panaxosideo and 20 different amino acids and trace elements.

Also see... ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT VOUCHER - Special offer gift voucher for a session of acupuncture for only £29 (usual price £65) A gift voucher not showing it is a special price so perfect for a present. No expiry date.


chinalife Foodie Fanatic Christmas Gift Guide


MAGICAL BLENDS TEA SELECTION, £24.95 - Six artfully blended teas combining heavenly fragrances and flavours. Unique creations by chinalife tea master.

CONNOISSEUR TEA EXPLORER GIFT SET, £26.95 - The ultimate tea drinker's gift for the perfect day. A pack containing our Sensation Tea Tower and Connoisseur Tea Brewer & Decanter. Our Tea Tower has a selection of amazing loose leaf teas for morning, afternoon and evening in three beautiful tea tins. While, our Connoisseur Tea Brewer & Decanter is simply the must-have tea gadget for anyone excited by proper tea, producing a perfect brew every time.

TEA TASTER GIFT BOX - A personalised tea tasting gift box containing your own custom selection of artisan tea. Choose 15 taster packets of tea and we will pack in a beautiful gift box containing full brewing instructions. Each taster packet can produce a minimum of 5 cups of tea. Price is dependent on the tea that you choose.

TEA AND BISCUITS BAUBLE, £4.95 - An ideal selection of teas paired with chinalife’s famous yam cookies. A perfect treat for Christmas.

RARE FINDS TEA TOWER, 14.95 - A connoisseur's selection of ultra rare teas in three beautifully decorated stackable tins. This gift includes; Amber Mountain, Monkey Picked Tea and Silk Oolong.

MUST HAVE TEA: ORGANIC MATCHA GREEN TEA POWDER - High grade pure green tea powder, perfect for lattes, baking and traditional Japanese tea ceremony.


chinalife Super Stressed Christmas Gift Guide


TRANQUILITY TEA TOWER, £12.95 - Three beautifully decorated stackable tea tins containing a wonder selection of finest leaf teas to escape the day to day, relax and reflect. This gift includes; Eastern Sunrise, Silver Needle and Dragon Pearl Jasmine.

PERFECT HERBAL TEA SELECTION, £19.95 - A stellar selection of six of our finest herbal tisanes. Healthy, delicious brews to revive and relax. All caffeine free.

PAPAYA FACE MASK, £3.38 - An anti ageing skin nourishing reviver! This easy to use, no mess cloth mask is soaked in an ultra enriching formula to soften fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin radiant and youthful. Ideal for mature or dull looking skin.

ANTI-STRESS BATH TIME GIFT, £4.21 - Cleanse and soothe those aches and pains with our herbal bath and apply one of our plant serum face masks to instantly transform your skin. A great way to pamper yourself or prepare for a night out.

SOOTHING LAVENDER BAUBLE, £6.95 - Aromatherapy set with lavender essential oil. A lovely gift to soothe and relax anyone who wishes for some tranquillity this Christmas.

MUST HAVE TEA: EMERALD ALISHAN GABA - Renowned Emerald Alishan oolong gaba tea created from high mountain Jin Xuan tea leaves. A juicy tea full of warming molasses and malt combined with muscatel top notes. GABA tea has an abundant amount of health benefits, including being an anti-anxiety and de-stressing tea.

Also see... MASSAGE SPECIAL OFFER TREATMENT VOUCHER - 60 minute massage gift voucher for only £39 (usual price £65. Can be redeemed for any 1 hour massage service and is not shown as a special price so it is great for a present. No expiry date.


chinalife Host With The Most Christmas Gift Guide


CALLIGRAPHY TEA TRAY, £14.96 - A beautiful rose wood colour tray, perfect for tea ceremonies or a stylish way of serving tea to guests.This tray has a hidden, removable plastic tray which collects water so that you can perform a tea ceremony with no mess.

CAST IRON TEASETS, from £44.13 - Beautiful Japanese style Tetsubin teapots and cups made from cast iron with ceramic coating. A perfect gift or treat for those who like to serve tea.

BLOSSOMING TEA MIX, £9.50 - Our selection of hand produced blossoming tea created by Chinese artisans. Beautiful floral displays blossom in your glass. Made from white tea buds for a light and elegant flavour.

OCCASION TEA TOWER, £12.95 - The perfect selection for a memorable meal. Three beautifully decorated and stackable tea tins containing aperitif, avec and digestif teas chosen by our tea master. This gift includes; Eastern Sunrise, Peach Flower Oolong and Fire Phoenix.

CLASSIC TEA TOWER, £9.95 - Three beautifully decorated and stackable tea tins filled with the perfect selection of finest leaf teas to enjoy throughout the day. This gift includes; Chrysanthemum flowers, Imperial Green and River High.

MUST HAVE TEA: FROZEN SUMMIT OOLONG - Special grade heavily roasted Dong Ding Oolong tea. Flavours shift on the tongue from buttery, dark baked biscuits to spiced pear sweetness. Dong Ding Oolong is one of Taiwan's most famous teas and considered to be one of the finest in the world. This is a tea to savour when you want to treat yourself or your guests. A celebration of the perfection of tea.

<![CDATA[ONLINE EXCLUSIVE! Free Stackable Tea Tin]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/online-exclusive-free-stackable-tea-tin http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/online-exclusive-free-stackable-tea-tin Sat, 30 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT FREE STACKABLE TEA TIN WITH EVERY ORDER OVER £15 from Saturday 30th November – Sunday 8th December 2013.

Chinalife’s collection of ‘Plum Blossom Tea Tins’ make the best storing environment for building your own specially selected assortment of teas. To keep quality loss to a minimum, it is recommended that you store your tea carefully. The best way to keep loose tea fresh is in an air tight, cool, dark place, away from sunlight and heat.

Our collection of beautifully decorated, high quality tins are stackable making them easy to store and come in a range of five colours. Colours available with this offer may vary.

<![CDATA[New Gifts for the Savvy Shopper]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/new-gifts-for-the-savvy-shopper http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/new-gifts-for-the-savvy-shopper Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Chinalife has a new range of bauble gifts especially made for those on a budget. With the cost of Christmas often being a burden on the pocket, we wanted to create a small, high quality, gift that can be enjoyed by tea lovers everywhere.

The chinalife bauble selection includes; Christmas Tea Bauble, Tea and Biscuits Bauble, Perfect Chai Bauble and Soothing Lavender Bauble. All make perfect stocking fillers for under £7.

The Christmas Tea Bauble contains 3 packs of our signature mulled black tea. For a fantastic Christmas day treat, combine with milk or a slice of orange. Each pack contains enough tea to brew a large pot of Christmas tea and comes with a metal tea ball infuser to make brewing simple.

Another option is the Tea and Biscuits Bauble which consists of an ideal selection of teas paired with chinalife’s famous yam cookies, all wrapped up in a festive bauble. Each tasting pack of tea can create at least 5 cups of delicious, high quality tea. Teas included are the rich and nutty Popcorn Tea, sweet and creamy Silk Oolong, and the strong and fruity Phoenix Ball Black.

If you’re looking for something delicious, warming and rich, then the Perfect Chai Tea Bauble is your pick. A lovely crystal clear bauble filled with 3 sachets of our homemade Chai tea and a fine strainer for an incredible cup of chai tea with a wonderful smooth finish. Simply brew in a pot and add milk and sugar as desired before straining into cups.

At the end of the day, for the gift of relaxation, there’s the Soothing Lavender Bauble. Whether it’s for a loved one or yourself, this is a charming gift that will soothe and relax anyone who wishes for some tranquillity this Christmas. The bauble contains lavender essential oil and fragrant lavender tea that can be combined with the essential oil to fill the room with a beautiful fragrance. Who said Christmas had to be stressful?

<![CDATA[NEW! Tea Tasting Giftbox]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/tea-tasting-giftbox http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/tea-tasting-giftbox Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Discover a world of tea with the new chinalife Tea Tasting Giftbox. A personalised tea gift containing a custom made selection of artisan tea.
If you are new to the wide world of tea, or just like discovering new teas, then this could be the answer. There is currently a mix of 52 high quality teas and tisanes to choose from, including at least one tea from all seven of the main tea categories.

The wide selection also gives you the option to experience ‘Gleaming Brow’, one of the most expensive teas in China. Highest possible grade and authentic Wuyi tea picked only a few days per year in extremely tiny quantities. Every 10g contains about 1500 hand rolled buds picked from the side stem of the Wuyi Lapsang tea plant. Ultra clear, light, soft and juicy.

Choose 15 taster packets of tea and we will pack them in a beautiful gift box containing full brewing instructions. Each taster packet can produce a minimum of 5 cups of tea, saving you much more than possible with the use of tea bags. Price is dependent on the tea that you choose. The box costs £1 plus the tea selected (Tastes better too!).

If you find it just too hard to choose, start off with the ‘chinalife Signature Tea Selection’. This specially formed box contains our personal choice of 15 tasting packs of various signature chinalife teas. This is the perfect Christmas gift to introduce someone to the world of fine tea drinking.

<![CDATA[8 REASONS TO DRINK OOLONG TEA]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/8-reasons-to-drink-oolong-tea http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/8-reasons-to-drink-oolong-tea Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Oolong is a traditional Chinese type of tea somewhere in between green and red, ranging from 10 percent to 70 percent oxidation.

1. BIGGEST FLAVOUR PALATE – Oolongs are so varied in taste and flavour. Moreover, each of the many infusions that an oolong offers yields a slightly different flavour.  In the vast array of oolong flavours there is something for everyone to enjoy.

While the signature oolong flavour is silky smooth 'creamy' (almost 'buttery'), the highly nuanced flavours range from rich, deep roasted, warming and earthy (molasses, vanilla and malt) to floral, mellow and clean sweetness of honeysuckle, sugar cane or eucalyptus.

The finish is satisfying, refreshing, long and unforgettable. Flavours shift on the tongue from buttery, dark baked biscuits to spiced pear sweetness, leading to an astoundingly long finish – and that's just one tea (Frozen Summit).


2. BEST FOR PAIRING TO FOOD – Pairing tea with food is as easy as pairing food and wine, bringing an array of exhilarating flavours to your taste buds. The many distinct flavours yielded from oolong leaves make this tea perfect on its own or for pairing with a wide range of foods.

The floral freshness and the luxurious creamy finish of Alishan Cream pairs beautifully with any kind of desserts or biscuits, while the deep roasted warmth of Black Dragon Oolong make it especially good for caramel or honey flavoured treats. The spicy chocolate notes of Empress Oolong complement toffee as well as cinnamon, while its fragrant fruitiness rounds off the flavours of apple.

Don't be afraid to experiment, and, remember that food tastes better with quality tea like oolong.


3. UNIQUE PRODUCTION METHODS MAKE OOLONG TASTE AMAZING – Many different oolong teas are produced by using highly sophisticated and innovative techniques developed through years of experimentation.

For example, Iron Goddess is produced using a unique method of longer fermentation and high temperature roasting which give the tea leaves their signature balance of robust richness and peach, hazelnut and caramel notes (and a beautiful velvet finish). Eastern Beauty is picked in midsummer just after the plant is bitten by tea leafhoppers because this causes the tea plant to release natural aromas of muscatel, honey and citrus that give the tea leaves its gorgeous flavour.


chinalife Eastern Beauty Oolong tea


The GABA oolongs (Emerald Alishan and Ruby Gaba) had their leaves oxidised mostly in a nitrogen chamber for 36 hours to boost their numbers of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (your body's natural chemical known to boost relaxation) which can deliver numerous health benefits. The Frozen Summit oolong is produced in the highly prized Dong Ding style which gives the tea's flavour its mesmerising complexity.


4. LOWEST CAFFEINE Compared to other main tea type’s oolong has the smallest amount of caffeine. In a 250ml cup, oolong has just 20mg of caffeine whereas green tea has 40mg of caffeine (coffee has 80mg). Oolong is not meant to be a stimulant, but a relaxing, delicious treat.



5. BEST FOR GONG FU BREWING – Gong Fu style of brewing (also known as the tea ceremony style) is a simple and easy way of enjoying the full flavour of loose leaf tea. This is the easiest way to taste the difference each infusion brings. The complexity of its flavours mean oolong will make your tea ceremony most enjoyable and rewarding. It is no coincidence that we chose an oolong tea in our video guide to gong fu brewing.


6. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL – A study in Japan by Doctor Masatoshi Nakano[1], a lecturer at an Aichi Medical University Institute, found that an increased consumption of oolong tea helped decrease cholesterol levels, thereby lowering the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases.

High cholesterol is linked to diseases of the heart and blood vessels such angina, as well as life-threatening problems such as heart attack and stroke. A high level of cholesterol in your blood can increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease. Drink oolong tea as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.


7. AIDS WEIGHT LOSS – A well known benefit of oolong tea is that it can improve weight loss results by enhancing our metabolism. The same study by Masatoshi Nakano[2] found oolong tea helped reduce body fat during the test period. It is believed this is due to the large amount of polyphenols molecules found in oolong tea. The antioxidant helps dissolve fats and accelerates metabolism.


8. TREATS ATOPIC DERMATITIS (ECZEMA) – A study by Department of Dermatology[3], Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan, found that the combination of oolong tea with conventional medical treatment helped improve the condition of patient’s symptoms. The researchers concluded that the anti-allergic properties of the polyphenols found in oolong make this type of tea effective in the treatment of eczema. Three cups a day, for at least two weeks is recommended before seeing the beneficial effect.

[1] http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Oolong-tea-fights-fat-and-cholesterol

[2] http://www.ontcm.com/dotnetnuke/NewsEvents/tabid/639/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2096/Oolong-Tea-Proven-to-Have-FatFighting-Power.aspx

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11176659

<![CDATA[6 BREWS TO BEAT THE COMMON COLD]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/6-brews-to-beat-the-common-cold http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/6-brews-to-beat-the-common-cold Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Coughs, sniffles and tissue boxes. It’s that time of year again. The return of the common cold!

Every winter thousands of us will catch the cold at some point. Along with chicken soup, tea has been established as a traditional natural remedy for the cold. That being said, there is no evidence that there is a cure to beat the common cold. However, consuming a variety of teas can help ease the symptoms.

Tea is high in flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant that is believed to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. Tea also contains polyphenols called catechins that increase the white blood cell count, which is responsible for fighting infections. Furthermore, tea has been shown to have an ability to neutralise germs and some scientists believe that tea can help combat common throat infections.

While all teas can help aid recovery from a cold, green tea has a multitude of health benefits and soothing the symptoms of a cold is one of them. The high Vitamin C content in green tea helps to prevent and fight colds.

Most importantly, getting enough fluids and staying hydrated is a vital part to combating a cold. When you have a cold, a runny nose means you lose a lot of moisture. Drinking tea and water throughout the day will help you stay hydrated. A cup of warm tea also helps to loosen up the mucus by thinning it out, making it easier to cough out.

There are a number of things you should be doing to boost your immune system at this time of year to fight infections that we come into contact with on a daily basis. Drinking tea is a simple and effective step towards maintaining an immune system in its prime.

Add the following teas to your daily diet this autumn as a preventative measure against the cold and some teas to help recover quicker.


  1. Amachazuru - A rich sweet tea effective in strengthening the immune system. It is full of antioxidants protecting the body's cells from damage. Amachazuru (also known as Jiao Gu Lan) is known in China as simply the IMMORTALITY HERB. Drink at least 2 cups a day during autumn and winter.*

  2. Natural Resistance tea - This medicinal Chinese herbal blend is an effective immune system fortifier. An empowering brew to cultivate and strengthen your body's natural resistance. Drink 1 cup for 5 days in a row every month.

  3. Monkey Picked tea - A great tasting everyday tea rich in anti-oxidants and containing vitamin C to improve your immune system. A golden colour and fresh sap and sweet grass flavour. A very special green tea from Tai Ping in An Hui picked from wild tea-plants that grow on high cliff faces of the Yellow Mountain.



  1. Winter Rescue tea - This medicinal Chinese herbal blend helps the body recover from colds and flu. It contains a powerful combination of ingredients, specially formulated by our expert herbalists. Made to dispel phlegm, relieve heat, moisten the lungs, reduce dryness in the mouth and the throat, break down toxins and soothe loss of the voice. A highly effective remedial brew to drive your body towards a fast recovery. Drink 5-10 days in a row during a cold.

  2. Chrysanthemum - Has a calming effect on the body and the mind. Reduces swelling in sinuses, eyes and ears and therefore is used to relieve colds and sore throats. Zero caffeine so it's good for relaxation. Drink Daily.

  3. Peppermint - Beneficial for its antiseptic properties, packed with nutrients that help the body fight off illness. Used to promote the release of mucus, treating a cough and sore throat. Drink daily (or just combine with Chrysanthemum for a tasty blend).


* Pregnant and breast feeding women may wish to seek further advice before regular consumption.

<![CDATA[YOUR INDISPENSABLE TEA BREWING CHART]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/your-indispensible-tea-brewing-chart http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/your-indispensible-tea-brewing-chart Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Everyday we are asked the best way to brew our artisan tea. So we've sat down and designed an accurate but easy-to-use guide to brewing tea properly and making the absolute most of it. Click here to download it. Read on to see why this guide should be your starting point to a perfect cup of tea:



If you want to brew tea simply, the brewing chart shows you how to do it properly using the 'Western Brewing' style. As the guide clearly shows, you could be just 90 seconds away from the perfect cup of tea. Go!



The Chinese 'Gong Fu Brewing' style is the traditional way to fully appreciate the rich flavour of a loose leaf tea has to offer. This is achieved by using more leaf, brewing for a shorter period and re-infusing the tea to enjoy the flavour of every infusion. Pick your favourite tea and use our chart to check the correct number of infusions and the steeping time. Browse our selection of authentic Gong Fu teaware and watch as we simply show you how to do it.




Our chart shows you how to brew all types of tea from white to pu’erh and everything in between.



Don't make the common mistake of ruining your tea's flavour by scalding the leaf with boiling water, instead, take a quick look at our chart which shows the correct temperature of water for your chosen tea.



To help you get the best flavour, our chart shows the correct amount of tea you should put into a 300ml mug or a 150ml teapot (found in a traditional tea ceremony set). If you can't measure out 2.5 grams of tea, just look at the drawing of a mug/teapot next to the type of tea you want and use the visual clue provided. For example, 2 grams of white tea in a mug looks different from 2 grams of green tea in the same mug.

See? The differences between drawings in our chart are deliberate and were designed to reflect the actual difference between the size and shape of the various tea leaves. The drawings indicate literally how much tea you should put in your mug or pot.


tea leaves



Whether you want to discover the subtle differences in flavour between the first and umpteenth infusions, or simply make your pack of tea last as long as possible, our chart shows you how many infusions your tea offers.


tea brews



To get the most out of your tea, our brewing chart tells you how long you brew your leaves for the first and any other infusions for Western and Gong Fu style tea brewing.



Did you know that you should rinse some tea leaves before brewing so that the tea tastes more fresh? There is also information about the best level of water pH for optimum tasting tea.

Personal tastes in tea vary so please use this as a starting point for making your perfect tea. This chart is here to make your journey into the world of the real leaf enjoyable and easy.

<![CDATA[Picture Perfect Discount]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/picture-perfect-discount http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/picture-perfect-discount Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Snap a picture of your tea on your next visit to chinalife and you can get 20% off your purchases at the bar the next time you visit. Simply tag us in your picture @chinalife_uk and the bar staff will be notified of your username. It’s as simple as that so get tagging!


<![CDATA[Can Tea Help Prevent Cancer?]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/can-tea-help-prevent-cancer http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/can-tea-help-prevent-cancer Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT There are many health benefits to drinking tea. It is one of the most easily available and healthiest remedies available to us. You may have heard many claims that tea can help with cancer. Although many studies have been done, we can only suggest drinking tea as a preventative measure to cancer. According to Chinese medicine theory, tea is recommended as a preventative measure against cancer and as part of complementary cancer treatment. 


What is found in tea that helps prevent cancer?

Tea contains polyphenols compounds which are the primary biological ingredients of tea. Polyphenols are a large group of plant chemicals, which include catechins, act as antioxidants thought to be responsible for many of the health benefits associated with tea. These powerful antioxidants counteract free radicals in the body, thought to contribute to cancer.

The catechin that researchers believe to be the most active is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Studies suggest that the properties of EGCG have an effect against cancer cells by inhibiting formation of cancer causing substances and the growth of tumours. High levels of EGCG can be found in green tea and white tea.


How effective is tea in preventing cancer?

Studies have shown tea catechins act as powerful inhibitors of cancer growth in several ways. Some studies have concluded that there is evidence that tea decreases the risk of stomach, colon and breast cancer and that the compound TF2 in red tea causes colorectal cancer cells to commit suicide.

Furthermore, laboratory studies of tea and its use in cancer prevention have shown that EGCG slows the growth of breast cancer cells, including the cells that have become resistant to some types of chemotherapy. Another study showed that toxic concentrations of some chemotherapy drugs found in the liver and heart are reduced when adding powered green tea, such as matcha.

In Japan, prostate and breast cancer rates are significantly lower in comparison to most Western societies. It is believed that this might be due to the high consumption of green tea in their diet. Nevertheless the amount of beneficial antioxidants per cup depends on the type of tea, the time of harvest, amount of tea used and brewing time.


But isn’t caffeine bad for cancer sufferers?

Since caffeine is a strong stimulant, it should be avoided when Cancer has been diagnosed as patients need to carefully listen to what their bodies are asking of them. For example, sufferers need to be careful to avoid excess stimulation and rest when their bodies tell them to. The concept of rest is very important to Cancer recovery, because rest increases the bodies’ ability to resist diseases and strengthens the immune system. Coffee should be avoided. Teas that are high in caffeine should be drank in moderation. The best way to naturally reduce the caffeine content of your tea is to brew the leaves for 20-30 seconds and throw this water away. Caffeine is very soluble and therefore most of it will be thrown away in the wash.


What tea is best?

All types of tea are valuable for cancer prevention and as complementary health drinks. However, processing may play a part in each tea’s cancer-fighting potential.

Most studies have focused on green tea. It is one of the most common types of tea drank for its health benefits because it is high in antioxidants and easily available. A study in China of more than 18,000 men found that green tea drinkers were about half as likely to develop cancer of the stomach or food pipe as men who drank little tea. Another study by the University of Southern California found that women who drank about a half of a cup of green tea daily cut their breast cancer risk by as much as 50 percent.

However, white tea has comparable amounts of antioxidants as it is processed for the least amount of time, making it the closest to the natural state of the tea leaf. One study, in a controlled environment with cancer-prone mice, found that with the use of white tea, 23 percent fewer tumours developed than when green tea was used. Remember that whole leaf tea is better as most tea bag brands contain only small amounts of actual tea.

If you are looking for a caffeine free herbal tea, Roobios is a great alternative to tea. It’s rich in antioxidants and good for the cardiovascular system. Roobios tea contains quercetin, an antioxidant traditionally used in alternative medicine practices to inhibit cancer growth.

When it comes to brewing your tea, hot tea is best as it contains the highest amount of cancer-fighting antioxidants. In contrast, there are far fewer benefits in drinking instant, iced and ready-to-drink tea.


Can I take a tea extract?

EGCG can be found in most health food stores and online in the form of a ‘Green tea extract’ supplement. This is available in either liquid or capsule form. However, it is of best interest to stick to drinking brewed whole leaf tea rather than rely on tea extracts. It has been suggested that it is the multiple compounds of the tea leaf that provide its cancer-fighting properties, and not just the more commonly studied EGCG compound.



For every Strawberry Tease tea cocktail sold at the chinalife bar this October, 50p will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Strawberry Tease is our magic potion which transforms on your tongue from sweet strawberry to refreshing bitter. Caffeine free!


<![CDATA[FIGHTING FIT DETOX]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/fighting-fit-detox http://chinalifeweb.com/news/post/fighting-fit-detox Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Late summer breeze and autumn rains bring about the start of the cold and flu season. Infections start to spread and more of us end up having to take sick days. Although the number of sick days has fallen since the start of the recession[1], we still need to work towards building our immune systems in order to avoid falling ill.

With many of us taking part in the daily commute and working in social environments, we must bear in mind that our bodies come into contact with multiple infections every day. The immune system needs building up at this time of year to fight the infections we come across. Most illnesses are a result of excess toxins and an imbalance of Qi. We must work towards eliminating these toxins and achieve a healthy balance of Qi to get our body’s fighting fit to beat the flu in the season ahead.

Autumn is an excellent time to detox as our bodies will need more fuel to keep us warm in winter. By cleansing the body, we will get rid of excess waste and disease. Tea has been used as part of healthy detox diet for centuries to prevent colds and flu. What’s more, they produce very few side effects. Here are a few teas that work well to detox and build the immune system.


chinalife Immune Boost Detox Tea

Dandelion Leaf, Organic Nettle, Organic Peppermint Rubbed Leaf and Jasmine Tea


Foods high in vitamins C and E are especially important this time of year as they are essential for nourishing the immune system. Drink chinalife WONDER MIX, with Imperial Green tea and Gou Ji berries, as part of your immune boosting detox. Imperial Green increases body energy and resistance to illness. Additionally, Gou Ji Berry is a wonder fruit packed with vitamin C, anti-oxidants and over 20 trace elements. Traditional Chinese Medicine books describe this fruit as being invaluable in promoting the regeneration of liver cells, vital to an effective detox.


chinalife wonder mix


After your detox you will feel rejuvenated and healthier, ready for the wintry weather ahead.

[1] http://careers.theguardian.com/work-blog/workers-under-pressure-not-to-take-sick-leave