The design inspiration came from a folktale of a partridge. By using a line-drawing of a partridge resting on a tree and contrasting it against a pure white background, the product story is conveyed in a simple and direct manner. Since Zhu Ge tea grows in an area called Dong Shan Hill, which is also a Buddhist shrine, the high-end packaging originated from the abstract conception of Buddhism and the Chinese word, kong, which suggests the Buddhist pursuit of ethereality and integrity. The packaging comprises three parts – the connection between the tea leaves and the hands of the Buddha express a pattern which looks like a marriage of leaves and a hand. After they are baked, the tea leaves of Zhe Gu tea turn into a ball which resembles the shape of Buddha’ beads. By associating the landscape painting with tea leaf balls, it expresses a Buddhist philosophy, where one see that “mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters” (Ch’uan Teng Lu, The Way of Zen). The final product is a gift box for Zhe Gu tea products that symbolizes the cultural significance of its tea-growing origin; the high-end packaging is representative of the high quality of tea leaves in the Hainan island province.

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