Tea for Two 茶之道
Chinese tea differs from other countries' tea by taste and by its symbolic significance. How one serves tea and how the tea is accepted might define the relationship of the “two”.
In Chinese society, members can show respect to the seniors by pouring or serving a cup of tea. Tea may also be offered as an apology and accepting the tea signals forgiveness. Tea ceremony is important in formal occasions like wedding and birthday. Some still practice tea ceremony on knees in modern Hong Kong.
Besides, healing and rebalancing "Ying & Yang" through herbal tea has been practiced by Chinese doctors for thousands of years. Since 2017, "Herbal Tea" has been classified as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hong Kong.
The depth of tea culture may be echoed by the complexity of how one defines the quality of tea. Yet, the taste, the water, the temperature, the cup may not be as important as why, when and who serves the tea. This unspoken protocol defines the essence of Chinese tea culture. Tea ceremony is one of the few traditions that reigns through time and is still accepted by every level of the society. Tea for Two, but actually it’s the “Two” that defines what exactly is in their teacup!
Some ceremonies still count.
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