Friday, March 13, 2009

茶葉飄香 / The Aroma of Tea Leaves


The pagoda poem written by the Tang Dynasty poet Yuan Chen is very elegant and unique. It describes thoroughly the nature of tea, art of tea ware, the feeling of tea tasting, the function of tea, and is considered a classic masterpiece.


China is the homeland of tea, and tea is the national drink of China.

Tea takes home the beautiful mountains and creeks, keeping company of the moon and breeze. Chinese are the earliest tea drinkers in the world, and over five thousand years have passed. Tea has accompanied Chinese people from ancient to modern times.


The tea tree originated from Yunnan, China. Tea tree is the perennial long green tree or bush. Lu Yu described tea as the “beautiful tree of the south” in his book Classic of Tea. Lu Tong called the tea cake a “moon disc”. Huang Ting Jian addressed tea as a “full cloud”; Emperor Qian Long compared tea to a “mind nourishing lotus.”


Tea is an essential part of traditional Chinese culture. Not as strong as liquor, not as light as water, Tea has its own distinct aroma, color and flavor. To the Chinese, tea is not just a kind of drink. It contains a message from Mother Nature. Its cultural connotation unified literature, music, and art, and has become a link in Chinese culture.


Today tea has become one of the three most popular drinks. Tea lovers are all over the world. In England, tea is reputed as “the fluid of health, drink of the soul”; In France, tea is the “most romantic, poetic drink”. In Japan, the Japanese promoted tea culture through exquisite chado.

如今茶己成為風靡世界的三大飲料之一,愛茶者遍及全球。在英國,茶有 ”健康之液,靈魂之飲” 的美名; 在法國人眼中,茶是”最浪漫、最富有詩意的飲品”。在日本,日本人更將茶提昇為優美的茶道文化。

From East to West, tea fragrance floats into each person's heart. In our bustling modern life, drinking a good cup of tea will transfer you to the wooded mountain and natural scenery, putting behind life’s sorrow and worries, and leading a life of leisure in this world.


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