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Taking a leaf from Ceylon

Tea has shaped both the land and economy of Sri Lanka since the mid-19th century, and the tradition continues today. By Cheah Ui-hoon

THE morning starts early at Nuwara Eliya, the highlands of central Sri Lanka. Just after 5am, the horizon of misty mountain is visible tones beneath the intensifying orange sky. As the sun rises, the landscape sharpens in detail: sloping hills neatly divided into green rectangles, evenly