Most of my friends know that I'm a total coffee freak! However, traveling so frequently to China, and later living there for a few years, I developed a huge love for tea as well. Not just because it's a bit difficult to find a good cup of coffee in China, but because I discovered the art and the deep traditions of Gong Fu Cha.
|Huxinting Tea House|
|Nan Jing Dong Lu|
In both Shanghai and Shenzhen, Oolong tea was the most widely recommended. There are many different types of Oolong tea. And, it must be served from a small clay teapot, and poured into small porcelain teacups. Before sipping, the aroma is first consumed and enjoyed.
After filling the teapot with water, the top is replaced, and the water is poured over the whole teapot to heat the clay all the way through. This speeds the heating and the inflation of the tea. When this whole process is performed by a real Chinese person in a real Chinese tea house, it's beautiful art in motion...
Film by Bouzo Jeronimo Woldringh
Besides the tea itself, and the traditional ceremony, there is the beautiful art in all the instruments of Gong Fu Cha. And, my personal collection is growing and growing...
|My Shanghai Tea Room|