Chinese Tea Culture

Beijing, China
April 26, 2014 8:02pm CST
As Chinese culture having endless wisdom, tea culture has great wisdom, too. It is reflected as following aspects: Firstly, tea is a kind of art work that shows refined color, delicate fragrance and great taste. Secondly, tea sets are exquisite crafts that reflect people’s simple and elegant taste, reserved and cultivated characters. Zi-sha-hu(???)and china are typical and popular tea sets in China. Thirdly, for Chinese people, drinking tea is a kind of esthetic and art-valued enjoyment. It requires time and patience to brew and savor quietly. The pace is slow, calm and tranquil. Gongfu tea is a glimpse of the elegance and art of it. Fourthly, talking about tea culture, teahouse can’t be ignored, which playing an important role in promoting the development of folk art. In Ming dynasty, teahouse is a place for scholars to taste tea, to hum verses and to draw paintings. Later, it became recreation place for ordinary people. Nowadays, there are many music saloon and opera saloon. Laoshe’s famous work—Teahouse, is a mirror of Chinese’s daily lives and historical changes of that age, reflecting earthly philosophy. Now in Beijing, there’s a popular teahouse named as Laoshe Teahouse. Besides, tea held with big bowl in street is another picture to show tea culture, which is simple and fresh. In ancient times, travelers would feel refreshed and warm as at home when they drunk bowls of that tea after a long-time wandering. Nowadays, many people still like to taste the tea in street,too. In daily lives, making and severing tea is a matter to show respect, to say thank-you, to apologize or to congratulate. It plays a role to create and deepen relationship among people. In my eyes, savoring tea is an art to snatch a little leisure from a busy life. It can help us relieve worries, obtain peace in heart and cultivate our moral characters. In modern society, tea culture relaxes people’s lives, enriches folk art and promotes the trade of tea. I believe tea culture and its wisdom will be known and appreciated by more and more foreigners, to promote international culture exchanges.
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