1. Don’t fill the teacups too much
Tea is usually hot(except iced tea) and it’s easy to get your or your guests’ hands burn if you fill too much tea in the cup. Always leave some space so that your guests won’t be hurt.
2. Seniors come first
For the first steep, serve the eldest first and the to the youngest. For the second steep, you can serve guests either in clockwise or counter clock wise directions.
3. Use gestures to say thanks you
This etiquette originated from an interesting story. The emperor Qianlong in Qing dynasty loves to disguise himself as a commoner and travel around especially in Zhejiang, Jiangsu province. One day when he was drinking tea with his ministers, he took the teapot and served them with tea. For such situation ,it’s a practice to get knees down and kowtow for thanking the emperor but since they need to keep the emporo’s disguise, so kowtow obviously doesn’t work at that time. So he came out an idea and bend his 2 fingers and made his knuckle to know the table meaning like kowtow. Since after that people started to practice this gesture as a way of saying thank you to the tea host/hostess.
4. Guests come first and host/hostess comes last.
This is a way to express respect to guests.
5. Put down cups gently without making big noise.
Or it will be taken as a sign of unfriendly.
6. Don’t serve the guests with the first steep.
First steep is always for rinsing tea since it’s assumed to contain chemicles in tea.
7. If you have new guests joining, add more tea leaves in to show your hospitality.
8. If the tea flavor is fading and the host is not adding new leaves in, that’s a sign for guests to leave.
Hi David, that's a very god question! The simple way is just keep your cup full and don't drink it and then the tea host will don't have the chance to get you more tea. That's what people usually do in tea table.
the point of rinsing has nothing to do with pesticides. Its to allow the tea to "bloom"/awaken (allowing loose leaves to hydrate, or to decompress a pu'erh cake) without losing to much heat. this allows for more flavor during the main steeping process. This is standard gung fu cha technique not etiquette.
Have been wondering why people in China were tapping the table with their fingers while drinking tea, in some video's on youtube, now I know the answer and a whole lot of other useful and interesting things. Thanks! :)
Thanks for the video. I am starting to look forward to them! :) maybe a cool video would be a full gongfu style brew session (heating/cleaning cups, tea pet, etc, with friends maybe just music for first video then do voice over for second? 👍🏻😀🤤
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