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Cultural experience, from tea to traditional Chinese culture

2017/5/18 16:01:06   source:sdchina.com

The tea art developing on the excellent Chinese culture has been extended to the fields of literature and art. Extensively absorbing and learning from other artistic forms, the Chinese tea culture with strong national characteristics came into existence.

Touch Shandong column arrived at Jining Confucius International School recently. Four foreigners, two from Pakistan, one from Serbia and one from Spain, were invited here to experience the tea culture and the charm of Chinese tea.

The tea art consists of the selection of tea leaves and water, tea cooking technique, tea sets and environment creation.

In the beautiful antique tea art classroom, the four men sat on the floor and Miss Xu, a tea art specialist in Jining Confucius International School, demonstrated every step of the making of tea.

They looked carefully at Miss Xu’s every motion and tried their best to follow her. Jack, from Pakistan, learned fast.

Jack has been lived in China for years. He is now an English teacher of Jining Confucius International School.

Having learned the whole process of making tea, Jack volunteered to show his teacher and friends his learning results. Warming the tea cups, washing the tea leaves, making the tea and drink it, he made every effort to do it. While making tea, Jack asked Miss Xu whether he had done each step correctly. Miss Xu was apparently satisfied with Jack’s performance, nodding again and again.

As for the Chinese culture, Jack has his own views. He told the reporter in fluent Chinese that in his heart Chinese culture, especially the Confucian culture is unique. He felt lucky and honored to have a close touch of it in Jining.

Jack likes drinking tea, the Chinese black tea and green tea in particular. The taste of Chinese tea makes people relax and comfortable, in his perspective.

When Jack first came to Jining, he had felt the Oriental charm of the city. He paid a special visit to Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius, to get to know the Confucian culture. Jack was faced with great challenges for the differences in food, language as well as shelter and transportation at the very beginning.

However, with the mastering of the Chinese language, Jack became used to the lifestyle of the local residents. China has brought him a brand-new life experience.

Jack got married in Jining and his wife is a Jining native. He has learned to cook Chinese dishes and is good at cooking vinegar-pepper shredded potato.

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