October 10, 2009

Tea ceremony

This man gave a demonstration of the Chinese tea ceremony.  They use a tray that allows water to pass through to another tray below.  The server heats water, makes the first tea, then uses that tea to warm the tea serving pot and the cups, then makes more tea to fill the cups.  Mostly tea drinking is about smelling and looking at the tea before drinking it.  You have to really slow down to understand how people here enjoy things.  It is all so beautiful, I don't mind.  I like that there are young people working to maintain traditions and use them in their lives. 

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