Blue and White Tea Cups, porcelain,
China: late Qing Dynasty (late18th century)
Tea has had a major influence on Chinese culture because it is linked with Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism and is an important aspect of self-cultivation. Originally, tea-drinking was associated with the elite or those people that were highly respected by society. In its early days, drinking tea would come to represent a show of education, personal morality, and status. Tea ceremonies, also called the Chinese Way of Tea, became common. Tea ceremonies, still frequent today, focus on the preparation and presentation of tealeaves.
Furthermore, as tea-drinking became more widespread, there was an increase in its accompanying porcelain culture. Today, virtually every Chinese resident owns the appropriate equipment needed to make a hot cup of tea. In modern-day China, tea is consumed for a variety of reasons, whether it is medicinal, a sign of respect to elders, or to connect with guests at a wedding.
Q: How is a Chinese Tea Ceremony conducted?