Chinese tea ceremony
The Chinese tea ceremony, also called the Art of Tea ((Chinese: 茶藝), is a ritualized form of making tea in Chinese culture. The tea ceremony is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea. The Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese tea ceremony are also influenced by its Chinese counterpart. The Gongfu tea ceremony is better known among various kinds of Chinese tea ceremony.
The Chinese tea ceremonies are a formalized way of making tea, in a process which has been refined to yield the best taste. Taoism has also been an influence in the development of the tea ceremony. The elements of the Chinese tea ceremony is the harmony of nature and enjoying tea in an informal and formal setting. Tea ceremonies are now being revived in China's new fast-paced culture, and continuing in the long tradition of this intangible Chinese art.
In the early 9th century, Chinese author Lu Yu wrote The Classic of Tea, a treatise on tea focusing on its cultivation and preparation. Lu Yu's life had been heavily influenced by Buddhism, particularly the Zen–Chán school. It is the first documented evidence of tea ceremony.
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