Did you know that like Japan, China has a tea ceremony? Chinese tea ceremonies are performed on two occasions, during a wedding or any time you want to appreciate a cup of tea with friends.
Gongfu Tea Ceremony
The Gongfu tea ceremony is a well-known type of Chinese tea ceremony. In this ceremony, tea is brewed with effort and dedication to appreciate the art of brewing tea. In ancient times, this brewing method was used as a form of meditation as the ceremony focuses on how the tea affects one's body and mind.
Typically, oolong, pu'er and various types of black teas are often used for the Gongfu tea ceremony. Though other teas can be brewed during this ceremony as the tea ceremony is about connecting with one's body and mind and appreciating good tea. The Gongfu Tea ceremony uses a vast array of tools for the ceremony and has 21 steps. Check out the video below to see a tea ceremony in action.
Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony
Another type of Chinese tea ceremony is the wedding tea ceremony. The Chinese wedding tea ceremony has been around for over 1,200 years and is for honoring parents and relatives and celebrating the wedding. Both the bride and groom are expected to serve tea to both sets of parents, which represents the moment in which both families become relatives of each other.
Tea is traditionally served in a red gaiwan which is made up of a cup, saucer and lid, and is done in the morning for the groom's family. The ceremony for the bride is done after the bride and groom have visited the bride's home. However, in the modern day, both sets of parents are served together in one ceremony. Check out this brief video on how to prepare, serve and drink tea during the wedding tea ceremony.
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