Recently, an Asian tea ceremony competition was held in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province on Oct 24, 2012. Masters from South Korea, Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong participated, exchanging tea ceremony skills to promote the spread of tea culture.
The picture on the right shows the amazing performances during the ceremony. Zeng Xiaolong performs his teapot skills in a Ya’an Tea Ceremony in Hangzhou.
East Asian tea culture is best defined by the way tea is treated and regarded. The culture includes how tea is made and tasted, how persons interact with the tea, and the concept of tea drinking and aesthetics.
Tea is usually drunk in Asian social events, and the Asian culture has established formal and intricate ceremonies around these events. In Asia, tea ceremonies are different according to the specific country and culture. In China, tea culture is very important. You can see lots of tea houses present in many business districts as well as residences. An average Chinese tea house offers customers a selection of both cold and hot teas to drink. The typical routine at an average Chinese tea house is for it to become crowded with patrons in the late afternoon and then continually into the late night hours. Tea culture is also very popular in Japan. In Japan, green tea figures most prominently in their culture’s tea ceremonies. Green tea is only served in situations when here is a special occasion or a special guest present. The tea is served as a staple in many Japanese companies for the traditional afternoon tea break, and it is also enjoyed with snacks like basic sweets. The Japanese’s powerful cultural ties with green tea have made this tea a favorite drink with standard Japanese cuisine like sashimi, sushi, and tempura.Asian tea culture is is broad and profound. It is embodied in different aspects of people’s daily life. If you are interested in it, then why not come and experience it first hand?