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interactive iBooks now available on iPhone!


In today’s parade of updates from Apple, we received an unexpected bonus. With the update to iOS 8.4, Multi-Touch iBooks are now compatible with the iPhone, in addition to the iPad and Mac. All China Tea Leaves guides are available to download today on the iPhone! And they include the full functionality of the original iPad version, with interactive maps and food guides, audio guide to speaking Mandarin, and full color photos and sketches.


Now’s your chance to experience the interactive features of a Multi-Touch iBook, right on your iPhone. You can pinch and zoom to see text better, show your waiter in Chinese what you want for dinner, and take our interactive hand-drawn maps with you.

More features have also been added to iBooks Author, so stay tuned to find out what else these updates will bring China Tea Leaves.

west lake is always rewarding

水光潋滟晴方好 shimmering xihu

Water shimmering under a fine billowy sky
Or by mist and rain mountains colored something wonderful.
Dressed up or wiped plain, like Xi Zi
To take in West Lake is always rewarding.









This poem exalting the beauty of Hangzhou’s West Lake was used for the temporary covering of the city’s new Apple Store, revealed today and set to open this weekend. Calligrapher Wang Dongling painted the characters of the poem, written by Su Shi, or Su Dongpo, an 11th century poet and statesman of the Song Dynasty. While serving in Hangzhou, Su penned this poem and built the lake’s main causeway which now bears his name. A museum at the southern end of the Su Causeway is dedicated to Su Shi and holds other examples of his poetry and eclectic life. The new Apple Store, opening tomorrow morning at 9am, will be located on the east side of the famous West Lake, memorialized in Su Shi’s and many other classical poems. A video of the artist at work will remain on Apple’s website. Click the image below to go straight to the video.


Find out how to get around West Lake, and read more ancient poems dedicated to this alluring place in China Tea Leaves 杭州 Hangzhou.