TO GO WITH AFP STORY HONG KONG-CHINA-TEA

Our columnist falls prey to a $185 tea scam. (Photo: AFP/Getty)

TO GO WITH AFP STORY HONG KONG-CHINA-TEA, FEATURE by Judith Evans
In a picture taken on September 9, 2011 tea shop owner Sam Lam prepares a traditional tea according to the Chinese ritual, pouring boiling water through rough leaves and then into tiny cups in his shop in Hong Kong. Fifteen years ago the Lam family business picked up a consignment of aged tea from a defunct Hong Kong restaurant. Its value has since risen by a factor of 10,000, as the Lams have found themselves part of a boom that is both investment fad and cultural obsession. AFP PHOTO / LAURENT FIEVET (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)