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It was the meticulously hand- stitched coin purses that first caught my eye.
We were on our way to Tai O Heritage Hotel for afternoon tea, but I paused to admire the handiwork on display outside a shop called Shui Heung Cha Liu.
Its proprietor, Law Wai-man, introduced herself as Mrs Cheng, explains that the textiles were made by local women in Inner Mongolia autonomous region. "I lived there for a while," she says.
She invited us inside, where I noticed an avant-garde tea pot that resembled a purse - similar in style to one that I collected from rural Quebec, only in a bright shade of fuchsia.
"That's a very special collection of tea pots that I imported from the US," Cheng explains. "Why don't you sit down? We can enjoy a cup of tea together."
She pours a gray-colored tea from a water bottle that contained a fine built-in sieve and offers us each a small cup.
The tea was light and easy drinking, but I couldn't place the taste of the leaves. "It's raw puer," says Cheng. "It has a very clean taste that helps to purify the water that it is steeped in."
Even the water bottle is worth noting. Dubbed Travel Buddy, it is a Red Dot Award-winning design from Taiwan that allows anyone who wants to drink freshly brewed tea on-the-go.
"The plastic is the same kind used in baby bottles and can withstand water temperatures up to 127 C," Cheng notes. "But I don't like to store tea in it. I usually let it steep, cool down to room temperature and transfer it to a ceramic container."