If you are contemplating signing up for the tea-pal program and would like a taster of Jaq's tea travel stories, have a read of her novella, The Found One, inspired by The Little Prince and set in China's UNESCO-protected Wuyi Mountains.
Here's the blurb...
At the end of the twentieth century, a young Australian botanist is sent to China by her secret boss to a secret place to find a secret plant that is wanted for a secret reason. “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” are the orders of the day. But as the young woman moves deeper into the mystery, she discovers much more than a secret plant. She is initiated into the mystic world of Chinese tea culture. As she learns about the history of tea, she inadvertently uncovers a series of historical, political and religious lies from which the Middle Kingdom has never recovered. Throughout her journey, her assumptions, prejudices, and her very own identity are confronted and challenged. By the end, she is changed forever to her core.
Here's what others have said about it...
“The Found One has great charm and much depth about modern China. Among other things, the author exposes the myth of the massacre in Tiananmen Square.”
Jay Mathews, The Washington Post
“Because of her long and very unusual exposure to China, plus her ability with the language, the author is uniquely qualified to write about China. Combined with an intriguing plot, The Found One is a must for readers seeking insights to the real China.”
Gregory Clark, In Fear of China