Special stamp series to celebrate Hong Kong-style milk tea

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-07-11 16:04
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Hong Kong Post announced on July 10 that they will issue a special stamp series and associated postal products themed "Intangible Cultural Heritage - Hong Kong-style Milk Tea Making Technique," on July 25.

This move highlights the celebrated craftsmanship of Hong Kong-style milk tea, a craft acknowledged in 2017 as one of the first batch of items on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong. Deeply ingrained in local culture, Hong Kong-style milk tea, often whimsically referred to as "silk stocking milk tea," owes its colloquial name to the unique tea-making process. The repeated use of a white cloth bag to filter tea leaves stains it a distinctive tea-brown, reminiscent of a silk stocking's hue.[Photo/Xinhua]

According to Hong Kong Post, the evolution of Hong Kong-style milk tea from its British-style predecessor over a century speaks volumes about Hong Kong's unique cultural fusion. The tea's brewing technique not only encapsulates the convergence and evolution of Eastern and Western dietary cultures in Hong Kong but also reflects the dietary practices and day-to-day life of its residents.

This special stamp series and accompanying postal items intend to amplify the recognition of this unique facet of Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is hoped that this traditional craftsmanship will be further passed down and preserved for future generations to appreciate.


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