Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Chayi Tea Art

You may have heard of Tea Ceremony, or Chadao (茶道), as it is called in Chinese. Chadao can be any type of tea ceremony. But if it is one that is highly artistic, then it’s called Tea Art, or Chayi (茶艺) in China. These tea ceremonies are conducted by people trained and proficient in Tea Art, known as chayi shi (茶艺师). With a very calm, relaxed, pleasant tone of voice and in a very refined or sometimes rustic surroundings, they go about brewing tea, while explaining how the tea is made, what each utensil is used for, and how to sip and appreciate the tea.

After a session of Chayi, one comes out very refreshed and relaxed.
These photos were taken at Yunding (云顶) in Longyan, Fujian, China.

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