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The Chinese New Year is almost upon us, as well as one of the oldest rituals that comes with it: the Chinese tea ceremony. When tea was first used centuries ago for medicinal purposes, monks began to drink tea and to use it to teach the principles of calmness, nature, and humility. In fact, the Chinese words "he," "jing," "yi," and "zhen" — the same words for peace, quiet, enjoyment and truth — are often used to describe the ritual of the Chinese tea ceremony.
We asked Farina Kingsley, the author behind the blog Farina's Asian Pantry, to learn more about the traditions behind the tea ceremony and how to make one at home.
The Daily Meal: What kinds of teas are served during the tea ceremony? What’s the reasoning behind each one?
Farina Kingsley: There are endless choices of teas, but usually a high-quality, loose-leaf tea such as oolong, jasmine, or a white tea.
TDM: What kind of teapots and teacups are used for the ceremony?
FK: There are tea ceremonies performed at home or in more casual settings and formal tea ceremonies performed at proper tea houses called "gongfu cha." A "gaiwan" is a porcelain teacup that sits on a saucer with a lid. The tea leaves are allowed to brew in the cup itself and then using the lid to deftly brush away the tea leaves before drinking.
TDM: What’s the process of a traditional tea ceremony from start to finish?
FK: In a familial setting, depending on the household, the ceremony is a gesture of paying respect and expressing gratitude. The ceremony typically calls for the server to kow tow (to kneel) in front of the one being honored and then both hands are used to pass the "gaiwan" of tea. Typically, auspicious phrases are expressed by the "server", a sip of tea is taken by the senior, and then a bit more tea is added to the gaiwan. A Hong Bao (red envelope with money) is then gifted by the senior to the server of an expression of thanks.
TDM: What’s the historical background of the tea ceremony, and how has it evolved?
FK: Tea ceremonies have been performed for centuries in China. Tea was not only a soothing beverage, but used for medicinal purposes. Customs associated with drinking tea were established through Chinese history to honor a particular person or event. Today, tea ceremonies are usually performed before a Chinese wedding, an elder's birthday, and during the first day of Chinese New Year.
TDM: Do you have any tips for readers who want to do a tea ceremony at home?
FK: Find a local Chinese tea house and learn about the art of serving Chinese tea. I would recommend learning through tasting and to invest in a delicate "gaiwan" and several types of teas (black, white, and green). Every family has their own tea pouring customs. I encourage everyone to share in the experience and to try incorporating the calming and respectful art of serving tea with family and friends.
The History of Tea and the Spread of 'Cha' and 'Tea' for International Tea Day
The History of Tea is a long journey, which begins in southwest China in the Yunnan Province during the Shang Dynasty of China between 1500 and 1046 BCE. International Tea day used to be celebrated on December 15th until 2020 when the UN decided to initiate a global celebration of the long history and both cultural and economic significance of tea, to be celebrated on May 21st!
Tea began as a medicinal drink, as well as a drink consumed by Buddhist monks to support them as they meditated and to ward off sleep. One of many legends from both Japanese and Chinese tradition concerning the discovery of tea, says that Bodhidharma, also known as Daruma and the founder of Zen Buddhism, was the person who discovered tea.
If you travel around the world, you might notice a strange phenomenon that the name for tea, is often very similar. Throughout the world, there are mainly 2 root words for tea, tea and cha and both of these come from China. Regions in the world where tea grows naturally often have their own word for tea which has not derived from the Chinese. Today, tea is the most popular drink worldwide, consumed more regularly than any other drink besides water, and is a multi-billion dollar industry. Where the use of ‘cha’ occurred through land trade, primarily along the Silk Road, the name ‘te’ spread through sea trade primarily by the Dutch traders who were bringing tea to Europe.
The Origin of Finger Tapping in Chinese Tea History
The next time you're dining at a Chinese restaurant, try to discretely observe what happens at other tables when the tea is poured. You may spot someone tapping the table with three fingers each time their cup is refilled. Appearances to the contrary, this is not a superstitious gesture. In fact, the story behind finger tapping or tea tapping dates back to the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 A.D.).
According to legend, one of the Emperors during this period was fond of traveling throughout the country in disguise, in order to observe his subjects unnoticed. At one teahouse he was particularly impressed by the way people were able to lean across the table and pour tea without spilling a drop. The Emperor decided to try pouring tea for his companions. Predictably, he ended up spilling it everywhere.
The Emperor decided he needed more practice. There was, however, one slight problem. Custom demanded that people bow before the Emperor. This, of course, would ruin his disguise. Instead, the Emperor told his companions to "bow" with their middle three fingers each time he refilled their cup - two fingers represented the prostrate arms and another the bowed head. Nowadays, tapping the table is a way of paying silent thanks to the person who poured your tea.
Chinese Tea Ceremony
China is widely known as the hometown of tea, with a tea history of around 4000 years. Tea ceremony originates in China, though, flourished in Japan. Therefore, when people think of tea ceremony, they first think the Japanese tea ceremony. Both Japanese tea ceremony and Chinese tea ceremony conform with the wisdom of oriental philosophy. Furthermore, Chinese tea ceremony reflects the central idea of Taoism,Confucian and Buddhism. That is, the peace.
&ldquoThe way of tea&rsquo, Chinese tea ceremony is not only to drink tea but also to learn and understand the traditional Chinese culture. Therefore, the tea ceremony is the core of Chinese tea culture. By preparing and drinking tea, the tea masters show their personal thoughts and spiritual world.
There are three distinctive features of Chinese tea ceremony. First of all, from the way you practice tea ceremony, you show us what kind of person you are, your manners, personality, aesthetic view point, and even inner world. Secondly, Chinese tea ceremony requires peace and pureness. Thirdly, the tea ceremony in China calls for authenticity. The fine tea comes with the spring water, the natural environment, the authentic bamboo or wood tools, and the porcelain tea sets.
Sichuan was regarded as the first place in China to drink tea. As far back as 475BC or even earlier, tea trees were planted on a large scale, and the tea was sent to the court as tributes. In Han Dynasty (202BC - 220AD), it was nationwide popular to drink tea, with special tea sets. The tea plantation areas continued to expend to the South and East of China. According to The Book of Tea, the first documented evidence of tea in the world (first came out in 780 during the Tang Dynasty), Shannxi, Shanxi, Hunan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jinagsu and Anhui provinces later became the main tea production places in China, apart from Sichuan.
Lu Yu, the author of The Book of Tea, described the theory of tea ceremony, the way of drinking tea, the usage of tea sets and tea morality in this book, making it also the first book of Chinese tea ceremony.
Sichuan tea ceremony
Tea sets for Chinese tea ceremony
Equipment to store tea: Chaze (茶则), tea spoon, tea funnel, tea holder, tea grinder
Equipment to separate brick tea: tea clip, tea spoon, tea needle, tea paddle, tea knife
Equipment to drink tea: tea cup, tea aroma smelling cup, cup saucer
Equipment to wash tea sets: tea tray, tea plate, water pot, tea leaves pot, water basin, Chakin (tea towel), tea sets vessel
Other equipment: kettle, tea brush, censer
Chinese porcelain tea sets
The famous types of Chinese tea ceremony
Chinese tea ceremony is about tea drinking, as well as nurturing body and soul, learning Chinese culture and manners, and purifying the mind. Chinese tea ceremony devotes particular care to the fine teas, clean tea water, heat control, tea sets and the peaceful environment.
Tōcha or tea contrast
Beginning in Song Dynasty (960-1279), Tōcha was the highest form of tea art , and actually a kind of game poplar among scholars. The tea house for tea contrast usually had two floors. The guests would be invited to the second floor, where there were full of prizes. The competitors drank ten cups of tea of four varieties, then told the production areas of the teas, and the source of the tea water. The essence of Tōcha was later absorbed by Japanese tea ceremony.
Dating back to Song Dynasty (960-1279), Kung fu tea ceremony is now the most famous type of Chinese tea ceremony and popular in Chaoshan area (Chaozhou City, Shantou City and Jieyang City) in Guangdong Province. The most important thing of kung fu tea is the tea sets. There are at least ten tea sets for Chaoshan kung fu tea ceremony. The way to practice kung fu tea ceremony include five basic steps. Step 1, prepare a bottle of boiled water. Step 2, put the tea leaves into the tea cup with hot water and soak for about 30 seconds, and then spill the water. Step 3, put the tea leaves into the tea funnel to filter out the impurities. Step 4, pour the hot water again, and use the cup lid to stir the tea leaves a little bit. Step 5, pour the tea into the tea funnel again, and it is ready to drink.
Kung fu tea ceremony
Sichuan tea ceremony is that the tea master pours boiling hot water into a tea bowl from a 1.2-meter long copper pot, without splashing a drop of water. The tea master fits basic kung fu skills and acrobatics into the tea ceremony, with great commentaries. If you are interested in Sichuan tea ceremony, you can take a tea culture tour to Chengdu and find yourself a tea house.
In ancient China, Buddhist monks planted, processed tea and formed the habit of drinking tea. They made great contribution to the development of Chinese tea. Many ancient famous teas were related to the Buddhist temples. For example, The book of Tea tells that Tianzhu Temple and Lingyin Temple produced West Lake Longjing Tea. Zen tea ceremony blends the elements of tea culture and Buddhist practice. The monks are addicted to tea for three good reasons, to meditate all night long, to help digest, and to suppress sexual desires.
Zen tea ceremony
While Lu is known as the Sage of Tea, it is Emperor Shen Nong who is credited with discovering tea approximately 5,000 years ago.
According to legend, Shen Nong was one of three deified emperors in ancient China. Born in the 28th century B.C., it’s said that his mother was a princess, and his father a heavenly dragon.
Known as the father of Chinese medicine, Shen Nong was said to be imbued with divine abilities. To ease people’s suffering, he wandered the country in search of various plants and berries to determine their effects in curing ailments. Legend has it that Shen Nong had a transparent stomach, and could directly see a plant’s effect on his body as he tested it.
One day, while boiling a pot of drinking water, a few unidentified leaves blew into his pot. Being a keen herbalist, Shen Nong tasted the brew, felt invigorated, and the beverage of tea was fortuitously born.
Originally used for its medicinal properties, tea was said to improve digestive issues, depression, fatigue, and more. Shen Nong is said to have used tea as an antidote some 85 times, after inadvertently poisoning himself while testing various herbs.
Tea was first recorded as an everyday beverage during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618–906). Tea drinking started with Buddhist monks, who used it in ceremonies and rituals, and it quickly spread to the general population.
It was during this “Golden Age” that tea culture was born. Tea became China’s national drink, and the ritual of preparing and drinking tea was elevated to an art form. Tea drinking required a special environment, mindset, utensils, and teaware. It was a near-spiritual experience, one in which man harmonized with heaven, earth, and the universe.
By the Ming Dynasty in the mid-1300s, a luxury tea market had developed. Tea became a status symbol, with the best teas reserved for the elites. Tea connoisseurs touted tea’s nuanced qualities and subtle differences, while scholars extolled its ability to clear and focus the mind. In fact, many poems were written about tea, and many paintings were inspired by it.
The History of Tea
Tea today is perceived as the quintessential British drink, but it has a long and complex history its roots are deeply tied to ancient Chinese culture.
How tea was discovered
It is difficult to tell who invented tea or where and how the first cup of tea came to be brewed. Legend has it that the discovery of tea was made when Emperor Shen Nung of China came across the Camellia sinensis plant back in 2737BC a few leaves stirred by the wind fell into a pot of boiling water as his troops took refuge under the tree, giving the world its first taste of tea. Others claim that tea originated in 1500 BC–1046 BC in China and was discovered by the Shang Dynasty as a medicated drink. There are other gruesome tales that tell of the origin of tea the founder of Chan Buddhism, Bodhidharma , accidentally fell asleep for nine years and woke up in such disgust that he decided to cut off his own eyelids. It’s believed that these took roots in the ground and grew to become the first tea bushes. Whether or not these legends have any real facts attached to them can never be decoded, but the fact of the matter is that tea has played a significant role in Asian culture for centuries and become a staple beverage. It is not just a curative but also a status symbol, and it comes as no surprise that its popularity spread to the world over the years.
The widespread use of tea became evident in 206-220 AD by the Chinese Han Dynasty, but tea had been a part of Chinese culture long before that. Let’s learn more about the evolution of tea.
An overview of tea’s evolutionary journey within China:
- Tea is believed to be discovered sometime between 30th century BC and 21st century BC. It was initially used as medicine in ancient China, where people chewed on fresh leaves for their refreshing and invigorating effect before they learned to brew it in water to make a drink out of it.
- By 722 BC – 221 BC, the Chinese started to brew the leaves, adding to the concoction other ingredients like ginger, tangerine peel, scallion, and cornel. Tea became a part of their food, and the Lei Cha of Tu Jia is evidence of this. This concoction was mixed with rice and eaten as a meal, rather than enjoyed like a beverage.
- It was only between 202 BC and 220 AD that tea evolved as a beverage in China, offered as a refreshing drink to officials and noble lords. By then varieties of tea had been discovered, and rare kinds were brought to emperors as gifts because it was a coveted trade object. It is also during this period that trading of tea became a commercial activity.
- In the years that followed, between 420 and 589 BC, tea drinking became popular as a Chinese tradition. Its consumption increased rapidly, and methods for cultivating tea started to be explored to keep up with demands.
- In Lu Yu’s Cha Jing’s time, tea cultivation became prosperous. In the years between 618 and 907 BC, the Tang Dynasty planted several tea trees all over the country and Japanese monks traveled back to their own countries with a few seeds. From here on, tea left the Chinese soils for the first time and was introduced to Japan.
- Years 960 – 1279 BC saw more development, as varieties of scented tea were explored in Wu Yi Tea from Fujian Province in China.
- Between the years of 1271 – 1368 BC, there was a remarkable development in tea crafting methods. Machine made tea was tried out, though the commoners still used loose tea for their drinking practices. Tea Cakes and Tuocha were still popular as tribute given to royal and noble Lords in exchange for favours, as these were still indulgent items that were also the best in quality.
- It was during the Ming dynasty that the concept of roasting tea leaves came into being. Years between 1368 and 1644 as the time that the leaves were made into strips and cakes were replaced with loose tea leaves to make drinks.
- When the Qing dynasty ruled China in the years from 1636 – 1911, tea had become a staple and various species like the yellow tea, oolong tea, green tea, white tea, dark tea, flower tea, black tea and more had become quite popular. As the export of tea became popular, tea brought foreign trade to Chinese shores and became a popular drink.
Tea’s revolutionary journey across continents
By the end of the 3rd century AD, tea had become China’s number one beverage. By 8th century AD Chinese were already trading tea to Tibet, the Arabs, the Turks, to the nomadic tribes of the Indian Himalayas, and also along the “silk road” into India. It was not until the 16 th century that tea reached European soils, and it was only in the 17th century that the British were introduced to tea.
It is during these globetrotting travels that tea underwent another change. The delicate leaves of tea suffered great damage on their long voyage from China to Europe, and profit-conscious tea producers had to look into other means to make the leaves retain their freshness and potency. They took to researching more sophisticated means of manufacturing, packaging and even transportation so that they could get their exports to their destination in good condition. What was being made and exported thus far was the green tea, which was delicate and definitely unsuited for a long journey by sea. This led to the birth of black tea.
From green to black tea was less about performing a miracle but more science. All tea – green, black, white, oolong, puerh and yellow tea, come from the same plant – Camellia sinensis that’s native to China! The various types are made possible from the methods used to cultivate and process these leaves.
This is why, when Europeans found that green tea didn’t reach them in an expected condition, they took to oxidizing the leaves naturally before drying them to help retain the freshness a little longer. This gave a darker color to the brew and became known as Black Tea, the most popular type of tea in the world. And while the Chinese still love their tea green (comes as no surprise considering how healthy they are as a nation), the Europeans became the connoisseurs of black tea.
Tea grows in popularity
Contrary to popular opinion, tea didn’t enter Europe via England. Instead, it was Holland which was the first port of entry. In the 17th century, tea was imported and consumed in Holland. It reached English shores a good half a century later. Now although the introduction of tea in England is credited to the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza who married Charles II, the afternoon tea history started with Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. What started out as a way to satiate hunger soon turned into a ritual that is now widely known as the afternoon tea.
Britain, under Charles II, opposed the import and sale of tea. It was a highly taxed commodity. The East India Company had a trade monopoly on tea. The result was a widespread smuggling of tea. Incidentally, in the new colonies of America, tea was the most consumed beverage, until the Boston Tea Party incident in 1773.
For nearly a 100 years, tea was at the crux of trade and economy, politics, and severe smuggling. Britain’s Opium Wars with China led to the latter losing severely. The East India Company used its colonies to grow tea and a new industry was born.
Tea in the rest of the world
Let’s take a look at how tea fared in other countries over the years, as it made its way to No.2 on the list of most popular beverages.
Hong Kong Apart from their famous yum cha culture that is native to southern China, Hong Kong has been using tea extensively over the years. They have their own localized version of English tea as well as the famous Hong Kong-style milk tea .
Japan One of the first countries introduced to tea and start a tea ceremony . It became a staple drink for the religious classes of Japanese priests. In fact, the Japanese came to love the drink so much that they even created different ways of consuming it. One such way is called the Japanese tea ceremony also known as the Way of Tea a process focusing on how tea is made . This process involves aesthetically preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart. Another common variety of tea was developed by the Soen Nagatani in 1738 the Japanese Sencha or roasted tea, which is an unfermented form of green tea and the most popular beverage in Japan today.
Korea Tea has been used in simple rites by aristocracy since time immemorial in Korea. The famous “Day Tea Rite” is highly documented as a common daytime ceremony, while the “Special Tea Rite” was reserved for important occasions. It’s known for its elaborate tea ceremonies, where Green tea is still the most popular variety, while alternatives like chrysanthemum tea, mugwort tea, and persimmon leaf tea are also served.
Vietnam Their rich teas were not known outside of the country for years. The country has some specialty teas like the Jasmine tea and Lotus tea that are world-famous today, and also produces as well as consumes high quantities of black and oolong teas.
India The British introduced tea to India to break China’s monopoly on tea. This could probably be why the term British tea has gained popularity in the country. The climate and soil were favorable to tea bushes, and an exceptional quality could be achieved with the right planting and cultivating techniques. While some varieties of tea are native to ancient India, they were usually used only for their medicinal properties, never as a refreshing beverage. Today India is also the largest consumer of tea worldwide, and Indian tea companies have acquired major foreign tea enterprises like Tetley and Typhoo.
Iran The mild weather, fresh spring water, and soil quality have made the region of Gilan in North Iran the largest tea cultivator of the country. The country uses tea extensively for everyday use.
Turkey Known as one of the largest tea markets in the world, Turkish black tea is even more popular than the very famous Turkish coffee.
Taiwan The country has some of the most famous oolong tea and green tea in the world and also is home to many western-styled teas.
The USA While you would say that coffee is the most popular drink in America, tea comes as a close second. However, unlike their Asian counterparts, most Americans like their tea iced, highly sweetened and often bottled too!
Australia Tea was introduced in Australia by the British and most of the tea produced and consumed in Australia is black tea.
Sri Lanka The 4th biggest tea producing country after China, India, and Kenya, Sri Lanka has some great teas and their Ceylon tea is world-famous.
A Few FAQs to Sum up the History of Tea.
When was tea invented?
There are a lot of legends and myths that state tea was first discovered in 2737 BC
Tea was invented by Emperor Shen Nung of China.
Where did tea originate?
The origin of tea can be traced back to China.
How did tea originate?
Although there are slightly different versions of how tea was invented, the underlying fact in all of them was that while the king Shen Nung was boiling water, a leaf from an overhead tree fell into the pot, coloring the water and creating what is now known as tea.
Since tea was discovered, it has been widely used for many purposes. Be it to alleviate tiredness, refresh the spirit, fight off illness, cure depression or boost energy, the curative benefits of tea are beyond imaginable. This is a drink that many in the world wake up to every morning, some cannot do without after a meal, and others want a cup the minute they reach home from work. It’s a drink that is perfect to enjoy alone, or with company it can become an elegant ceremony in itself or offer the simplest of joys when drunk hot on a cold chilly morning.
What makes tea history so fascinating is not much about who discovered tea but how it has penetrated cultures and continents, and assumed new attributes and flavors. And yet, at its core, it remains as a drink that more than half the world has come to love.
What Are The Five Types Of Tea?
There are many different varieties of tea that are consumed around the world but all varieties of tea come from one of the following five types, which all originate from the same Camellia Sinensis plant with the differences coming from the way they are grown, the geography of the plant, and the way the plant is processed:
- White: White Tea originates from China and is a minimally processed form of tea that is simply dried, which represents a very traditional style of tea.
- Green: Green teas are unoxidized to maintain the green color of the tea leaves throughout processing. Most green teas are produced in China and Japan.
- Oolong: Oolong teas originate from China and are partially oxidized after being picked, which causes a wide variety in color and flavor of oolong tea leaves that resemble both green and black teas.
- Black: Black tea originates from China, India, and Sri Lanka where the tea is allowed to fully oxidize during manufacturing, which turns the leaves a dark brown/black color.
- Pu'erh: Pu'erh teas come from China and Japan and date back thousands of years. Pu'erh tea is often aged and the older it gets the more valuable it becomes.
Rooibos: is another type of tea, which comes from South Africa and means "red bush" after the rooibos plant. Rooibos tea naturally does not contain any caffeine and is low in tannins, which makes it a nice alternative to Camellia Sinensis tea for those looking for caffeine-free alternatives.
Herbal Teas: are also a common type of "tea" that is made entirely from herbs and does not contain any Camellia Sinensis tea leaves. These herbal teas are also commonly referred to as "herbal tisanes", which refer to the infusion of herbs into boiling water.
Chinese Tea Culture
Tea-drinking is a constituent part of Chinese culture. China is an original producer of tea and is renowned for its skills in planting and making tea. Its customs of tea-drinking spread over to Europe and to many other regions through cultural exchange via the ancient "Silk Road" and other channels of trade. The Chinese nation has written a brilliant page for its tea culture in the history of world civilization. The development and promotion of tea has been one of China's principal contributions to the world.
First appearing as early as 5,000 years ago, Green Tea is the oldest category of Chinese Tea. The original processing of the tea was quite simple. People either boiled the tea leaves straight from the tree, or sun-dried tea leaves for future use. While the processing methods have changed over the centuries it still resembles its ancient ancestor in that it is not fermented and only very slightly oxidized. This allows the tea to retain more of the original taste of the leaf.
Traditionally, there are ten most famous teas, but not all "best ten" lists are in agreement.Here is a typical list: Long Jing (Dragon Well tea) Bi Luo Chun (Green Snail Spring tea) Tieguanyin (Iron Goddess tea) Huangshan Mao Feng (Yellow Mountain Fur Peak tea) Junshan Yinzhen (Jun Mountain Silver Needle tea) Qimen Hong Cha (Qi Gate Red tea) Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe tea) Liu An Gua Pian (Liu An Melon Seed tea) Xin Yang Mao Jian (Xin Yang Hairy Tip tea) Tai Ping Hou Kui (Monkey King tea).
Tea Ceremony，drinking and appreciating tea can be life style. The Chinese tea ceremony contains the wisdom of oriental philosophy. Furthermore, Chinese tea ceremony reflects the central idea of Taoism, Confucian and Buddhism it&rsquos a combination of philosophy and life style. Through the whole set of ceremony&mdash&mdashmaking tea, appreciating tea, smelling tea, enjoying tea, friendship is increased, virtue is cultivated, traditional virtues etiquette are learned. The ceremony can refresh mind and clear thoughts. The spirit of tea ceremony is the core of tea culture and the spirit is represented by Taoism.
Tea ceremony is originated in China yet more popular in Japan since it has been introduced to Japan and Korean Peninsula during South Song Dynasty. When it came to yuan dynasty, tea ceremony was not that favored anymore in the central China. Tea ceremony today is better represented by Japan in fact.
Tea and Horse Road refers to the folk international trade channel, which was originated from the ancient tea-horse trading in southwest of China. It was started during Tang and Song Dynasties, flourished in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, but its hey-day were in the late World War II period.
The ancient tea horse road is divided into Sichuan Tibet line and Yunnan Tibet line. It extends into Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal and India, until it reaches the Red Sea coast of West Asia and West Africa. In March 5, 2013, Tea Horse Road was selected as the seventh batch of national cultural relics protection sites by the State Council of People&rsquos Republic of China.
Find a teashop with a good reputation and you will be shown how to brew and drink tea properly to experience the full flavour you will soon realise the pleasure and health benefits of the Chinese tea culture.
10 Most Famous Chinese Teas
Tea-drinking is a constituent part of Chinese culture. China is an original producer of tea and is renowned for its skills in planting and making tea. Its customs of tea-drinking spread over to Europe and to many other regions thr.
Chinese Tea Ceremony
China is widely known as the hometown of tea, with a tea history of around 4000 years. Tea ceremony originates in China, though, flourished in Japan. Therefore, when people think of tea ceremony, they first think the Japanese tea .
Tea and Chinese
Tea-drinking is a nation-wide custom in China. It is a daily necessity for the Chinese to have three meals and tea a day. When any guest comes, it is a rite to present a cup of tea to him/her. There are numerous teahouses in every.
Chinese Tea Sets
Chinese people use different kinds of tea wares with different kinds of teas. Green tea goes with white porcelain or celadon without a cover while scented tea with celadon or blue and white porcelain with a cover. Black tea goes w.
Types of Chinese Tea
China was one of the first countries to grow and process tea in the world. With the regional features, various kinds of tea trees, and different tea processing methods, Chinese tea can be divided into many types, such as black tea.
Customs in Tea Drinking
It is Chinese traditional custom that a host has to serve a visiting guest a cup of tea firstly when he enters his house. A poem by Du Luei of Tang Dynasty shows an aspect of the function of tea: Guests coming in, in the cold, c.
Prepare the Chinese Tea Set
To prepare the Chinese tea set, heat water in a kettle. Then place the teapot, snifter teacups, and regular teacups in the bowl and pour the heated water over them to warm up the tea set. Then, remove the teapot and cups from the bowl. The tongs may be used to handle the cups if they are too hot to handle with your hands.
The diverse tea–drinking rituals and histories remind us that tea is much more worldly than people sometimes think. Without these cultural differences, we might not think of tea as more than something to keep us warm or quench our thirst.
Health research and lifestyle trends have of late given tea new importance. Increased understanding of the role antioxidants play in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease has positioned tea as the ideal health beverage. Tea is now thought of as a stylish, healthy alternative to coffee and soda. It is fat and calorie–free, natural and untainted by additives. Manufacturers of cosmetics, perfumes and skin–care products are also developing new products that integrate the benefits and pleasures of tea.
The ideal is to combine the practicalities of the drink with the beauty of unique and inventive serving and use methods. In doing so, we not only pay tribute to this age–old beverage, but enlighten and hopefully enliven those who consume it.