Tea for Harmony · Yaji Cultural Salon | “Tea·Pot”—Jiangsu Tea Culture and Yixing Pot
Chinese tea culture has a long history and a rich spiritual connotation. From ancient times to the present, tea has become an important part of Chinese culture. It is not just a beverage, but also a way of life and aesthetic experience, embodying core values of Chinese culture such as “putting people first” and “harmony and coexistence”.
On November 29, 2022, “Traditional Chinese Tea-making Techniques and Related Customs” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Tea originated in China and has become popular worldwide. From the ancient Silk Road, Tea-Horse Road, and Tea-ship Road to today’s Belt and Road Initiative and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, tea has transcended history and crossed borders, and is loved by people from all over the world. There are more than 60 countries and regions that produce tea globally, and the number of tea drinkers exceeds 2 billion.
To comprehensively and vividly display Chinese tea culture, deepen the cultural exchange and mutual learning between China and Malta, the China Cultural Center in Malta will launch the “Tea for Harmony · Yaji Cultural Salon” series of activities on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and WeChat, to share the tea fragrance and charm, and a beautiful life with the Maltese people.
Tea drinking is a 4,700-year-old tradition in Chinese culture with significant cultural significance. Beyond simply brewing and drinking tea, the Chinese also use tea as a means to communicate and appreciate traditional tea culture. As the saying goes, “cultivation of the heart and nature is all in this tea pot,” emphasizing the importance of tea in fostering a connection with oneself and nature, regardless of the vastness of the world.
Jiangsu province in China, has long been revered as a sacred place for tea production. Its unique tea-drinking fashion reflects the essence of tea culture known as “one tea and one pot.” This approach involves using a specific type of tea and a dedicated pot to brew and serve the tea, resulting in a heightened flavor and aroma that is characteristic of the region’s tea culture. Jiangsu’s tea-drinking culture is a testament to the province’s deep connection with tea and its commitment to preserving the traditions that have made it a revered location for tea production for centuries.