Chinese tea culture refers to the methods of preparation of tea, the equipment used to make tea and the occasions in which tea is consumed in China.
Tea culture in China differs from that of Europe, Britain or Japan in such things as preparation methods, tasting methods and the occasions for which it is consumed. Even now, in both casual and formal Chinese occasions, tea is consumed regularly. In addition to being a drink, Chinese tea is used in traditional Chinese medicine and in Chinese cuisine.
In China, whether someone wants to apologize, show gratitude, or show respect to someone, the most simple and cordial way to do this is to offer the person a cup of tea. It's obvious that tea is a huge part of Chinese culture, and there's actually an elaborate and quite beautiful tea ritual that goes along with it. The set-up includes a kettle of water that boils over a hot plate or burner, a mini teapot, a medium teapot, as many mini teacups as needed for guests, and most importantly, … more