Daniel Lui moved to Vancouver, Canada from Hong Kong in 1997. He has made the subject of Chinese tea an intensive study since he was as a teenager, an interest first introduced to him by his father Ken Lui, also a great lover of Chinese tea. Daniel was always interested to discuss the finer points of tea and Chinese culture with friends at social gatherings and at local markets . Over the years as his knowledge and reputation in the community grew, many people encouraged him to start his own authentic Chinese teashop.
After graduating from college in Business Administration, Daniel started selling tea in 2001 and then opened ARTS DE CHINE (ARTS OF CHINA) in 2004 at 101 East Pender Street in the Chinatown district of Vancouver. The name was changed in the summer of 2009 to THE CHINESE TEASHOP and the store layout changed to make more room and better reflect the store’s focus.