With a history dating back around 5,000 years, China is widely recognized for its tea culture. Legend has it that tea was originally discovered by Shen Nong Shi, whose name translates to ‘Divine Farmer’ and was considered one of the Three Emperors. Shen Nong Shi was the first Chinese herbal doctor, and discovered tea whilst on his journey to collect various plants that he believed may have healing powers. Tea was originally used in medicine; the earliest credible record of tea drinking is in a medical text from the 3 rd century AD, “to drink bitter tea constantly makes one think better.”
Master of Ceremony
Take part in a traditional tea ceremony guided by an experienced master, who will share more details about the intricate and fascinating history of the beverage and the impact it’s had on Chinese culture.
Chinese tea culture has a long, fascinating history, with several customs and rituals surrounding tea having been developed along the way. Spend some time with the cheery Ms. Dai, as she shares insights into this vital part of Chinese society.
The ceremony will involve smelling, tasting, and generally appreciating the various teas, and Ms Dai will guide you throughout, teaching traditional etiquette along the way.
Now a staple part of daily life, Chinese tea ceremonies are not only centred around drinking tea, but also learning and understanding the social impact tea has had. Our joyful Tea Master, Ms Dai, will take you to a nearby traditional tea room, reserved exclusively for guests of Capella Shanghai. Here, Ms Dai will guide you through the intricate tea ceremony process, which requires peace and pureness, and ultimately aims to offer enlightenment.
The ceremony will involve smelling, tasting, and generally appreciating the various teas, and Ms Dai will guide you throughout, teaching traditional etiquette along the way. You will enjoy the four main categories of tea – white, green, oolong and black – along with some other less common, but distinct flavours.