“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.” ~Author Unknown
Today in my blog I would like to share with everyone my experience at a Chinese tea house. China has a very rich tea culture, but as time passes there are fewer tea houses and more coffee shops. I believe this is definitely because of western influence. Generally speaking I believe that many Americans do not take the time to appreciate tea. There are so many wonderful and delicious teas. I personally like to drink hot green tea and oolong tea.
When all of the international students and I were at the tea house we had the privilege to drink Gong fu tea (工夫茶) and Pu er tea (普洱茶). A tea master, who was gracefully skilled in the art of the tea ceremony, demonstrated how to pour and taste the various kinds of tea. Below are pictures from my experience at the tea house. Also please follow the links below to see a video of the tea ceremony and the procedures of the tea ceremony step-by-step. I found the tea house to be very relaxing and welcoming. It is the perfect place to go whenever you would like to sit with friends or even if you just feel like sitting and thinking.
When tasting the tea is it customary to take three sips.