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Tea houses are dime a dozen in China. From simple street front locations to fancy modern ones in shopping malls. There are multiple tea varieties being offered and it is not uncommon for a type of tea to run into a couple hundred, or even in the thousands, of dollars for 50 grams.

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One of the many tea houses

That being said, it appears that the cafe culture has taken hold, though not as extensive as the tea houses — yet. There are the local independents, and of course, Starbucks has arrived. As expected, the younger generation (though not exclusively) seem to prefer coffee shops.

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Starbucks in a shopping mall

Speaking of generational contrasts – here’s an Old Generation and New Generation dichotomy. Note the shoes (and feet).

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The battle for the ever-powerful consumer is getting tight. How are the independents to survive as it goes head-to-head with internationally recognized name brand conglomerates? Could it be in the name?

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That’s sweet!

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I have heard of another Tommy…

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I can finally get some taste back…

The adorable (or maybe not) product names. Is that supposed to be Smile or Smell toilet paper?

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And thanks for all the friendly warnings and notices…

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Don’t..?

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Gollum likes “precious”! But what’s an artide?

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