This issue of Eighty Degrees ventures into Vietnam to re-discover the ancient art of making Snow Shan — a tradition strong enough to rival some big tea names across the border. Fuchsia Dunlop, the renowned food researcher, culinary expert, and sinophile, tells us about her experience with tea in the context of food in the land of plenty. We look at various tea habits in Europe and sail across the oceans to learn about the violent history between Britain and China resulting in the Opium Wars. The city of Chengdu will reveal its secrets about the origins of its old tea houses and how they are preserving their status in society. We will drink our way through the Russian Revolution, stroll through colourful Bangkok and end up in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. All this and much more on 144 pages of beautiful, uncoated paper.