Customs of Drinking Tea

Last updated by marywu at 2014/4/21

China has the earliest history of drinking tea. Therefore, Chinese people know best the true interest in drinking tea. When guests call in they are entertained with tea. Substituting tea for wine and gifts has been the doctrine of drinking tea for all nationalities in our country through the ages.

Han nationality: The Han nationality has a long history of drinking tea in varied ways. They generally prefer green tea, scented tea, black tea or Wulong tea. Most of them have a liking for unadulterated drinks. They believe that only through unadulterated drinks can they best appreciate and taste the serenity, elegance and verve of tea. Drinking medicinal tea is not aimed at "tasting", but rather at experiencing its effects on medical and health care.

Zang nationality: The Zang people are very proficient in the nutrition deployment of tea drinking. They like butter tea the best. This tea has a rich taste with sweetness and saltiness amid acerbity, as well as a permeating fragrance. It has the effects of warming up the body and resisting the cold. Butter tea is regarded as a special product. When a couple holds a wedding ceremony, tea is used as a symbol of a happy and contented marriage.

Uygur nationality: The Uygur people revel in drinking tea and regard it as important as rice. There is a popular saying in Xinjiang: "I would rather take no rice than no tea in a day." They like milk tea and fragrant tea the best.

Mongolian nationality: The Mongolian people like salty milk tea, which is made by mixing tea, milk and salt. The boiling of the tea seems simple, but in fact it involves certain techniques. Generally, when a girl is old enough, she learns them from her mother. During the wedding ceremony she performs the art of boiling tea in public and presents it to the guests to show that she has unusual skills and has been well educated at home.

China is a nation with numerous nationalities. The history, culture and geographical environment of all nationalities vary and their customs of drinking tea are also very colorful and have their own strong points. There is the Bamboo Tube Fragrant Tea of the Dai nationality, the Yanba tea and Dragon and Tiger tea of the Naxi nationality, the Thunder Tea of the Lisu nationality, the Lei Tea of the Tujia nationality, the Sour Tea of the Bulang nationality, the Three-course Tea of the Bai nationality, the Oil Tea of the Miao nationality and the Jar Tea of the Hui nationality in Yunnan, etc. They are too numerous to mention one by one and all have their own characteristics.

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