Daniel Lui moved to Vancouver, Canada from Hong Kong in 1997. He has made the subject of Chinese tea an intensive study since he was as a teenager, an interest first introduced to him by his father Ken Lui, also a great lover of Chinese tea. Daniel was always interested to discuss the finer points of tea and Chinese culture with friends at social gatherings and at local markets . Over the years as his knowledge and reputation in the community grew, many people encouraged him to start his own authentic Chinese teashop.
After graduating from college in Business Administration, Daniel started selling tea in 2001 and then opened Arts de Chine (Arts of China) in 2004 at 101 East Pender Street in the Chinatown district of Vancouver. It didn't take long for the customers to come. The name was changed in the summer of 2009 to The Chinese Teashop and the store layout changed to make more room and better reflect the store’s focus.
TeashopThe Chinese Tea Shop
Today, The Chinese Teashop is as much a gathering place for tea lovers as it is a place to find great tea. On any day, you can find people from anywhere in the world talking together or sitting at Daniel's tea desk trying the latest teas and discussing tea and Chinese antiques.
A patient listener and teacher, Daniel insists on the highest quality in everything from instruction to tea products, good prices and telling people what they are getting for their money. Every year, Daniel travels to China at spring harvest to meet his contacts and sample the new teas in person. Some of these relationships have endured for many years and as tea experts know, are essential to procuring the best tea. Not surprisingly, Daniel provides tea and teaware products to teashops and restaurants around the world.
If you have experience with tea, you know how important all these things really are. Daniel has applied the same principles that have made The Chinese Teashop such a success to our website and hopes in some small way to contribute to your experience with tea as a long lasting and enjoyable one.