China is the hometown of tea, and the custom of drinking tea started in the Shenlong period which was over 4700 years ago. Cultivating tea and drinking tea are only two attributes of Chinese tea culture, other essential aspects include tea poetry, the ways in which to drink tea, tea wares, and the water used in making the perfect cup of tea.
For an in-depth view of Chinese tea culture then head to Minyi (Folk Art) Hall in the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy of Art, where an exhibition entitled “Chinese Tea Life Art Exhibition” has been providing a thirst for tea knowledge.
The exhibition includes three sections, the Chinese tea documents exhibition, the seventy-three red stoneware study, as well as Chinese literati and tea life. The exhibition on “Chinese tea documents” recreates Chinese traditional tea life based on tea-related ancient documents and ancient paintings; the study of “seventy-three red stoneware teapots” is based on the ancient script of “Seventy-three teapot paintings” which is known as one of the rare and precious books about red stoneware teapots. The section showcases the red stoneware culture by combining actual teapots with teapot paintings and illustrations, and is explained from the angle of Chinese ancient literati. The third section, Chinese Literati and tea life, displays tea spaces jointly created by artists and designers, as well as tea-related works and artistic creations.
Time: 09:00 –16:00 until April 29, 2017 (closed on Mondays and public holidays)
Address: 352 Xiangshan Rd, Zhuantang Town
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.
Last year on the real waters of the West Lake, and in the evening gala of Hangzhou G20 Summit, the performance “The most memorable is Hangzhou” amazed the world. It was a shame that after such a short period of performing in last October and November, the show paused. But now news is out that starting from May, the updated version of original Impression West Lake, “The most memorable is Hangzhou” will once again show its lakeside charm in becoming one of the most splendid performances on water.