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Silk Road Gallery: Chinese Tea Ceremony

  • SILK ROAD ART GALLERY 83 Audubon Street New Haven, CT, 06510 United States (map)

Chinese tea ceremony was born as a result of the respect for nature and need for peace which the religious ceremonies involved. The philosophies of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism have blended together giving birth to the magical Chinese tea ceremony. The traditional tea ceremonies were described as “he” which translates as “peace”, “jing” which translates as “quiet, “yi” which means “enjoyment” and “zhen” meaning “truth”.

“Chinese Tea Ceremony refers to how tea is prepared as well as the occasions when people consume tea in China. Tea Culture in China differs from that in European countries like Britain and other Asian countries like Japan in preparation, taste, and occasion when it is consumed. Tea is still consumed regularly, both on casual and formal occasions. In addition to being a popular beverage, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in Chinese cuisine. ”

Tea is an integral part of the culture and history of China. We want to share with you the traditional method of preparing, pouring, and enjoying green and black teas. Come alone or with friends, to talk, meet, study, or just relax with a cup of tea — and stay as long as you like. We will go through the process step by step with you; after that, you can follow along in our informational booklet if you forget.

Chinese tea ceremony are available Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, to groups of 12 or fewer.

Pricing for the service and introduction is $5 per person for the first hour, which includes a demonstration and a serving of green or black tea. Our service charge is $3 per person for each hour afterwards. If you are interested in coming in with a larger group of people, please call us to reserve the space, and ask us about our group package.