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Kung Fu Tea is a method of making tea, not the name of a type of tea. To make Kung Fu Tea, the following tea utensils are essential.
Tea cannot be separated from tea sets, which refer to special utensils for making tea. They include pots, bowls, cups, plates and trays. Another important expression of ancient people’s pursuit of the way of drinking tea is to pay great attention to the art of tea sets themselves. A set of exquisite tea sets with a perfect combination of color, fragrance, and taste can be said to be complementary. With the prosperity of the trend of drinking tea and the evolution of drinking customs in different eras, the varieties and quality of tea sets are becoming more and more exquisite. At least ten kinds of tea sets must be used for Chaoshan Kungfu Tea, which are:
In the local dialect of fashionistas, “Chong Guan” or “Su Guan” is the smallest kind of Yixing purple clay teapot from Yixing, Jiangsu province. There are four criteria for determining the quality of a teapot: smallness, shallowness, neatness and age. Teapots are distinguished as two-person guan, three-person guan, four-person guan and other varieties. The most highly valued ones are those crafted by Mengchen, Tielahuaxuan, Qiupu, Epu, Xiaoshan and Yuanshisheng. There are various shapes of these teapots such as orange shape, mandarin shape, melon shape, persimmon shape, diamond shape and drum shape with rounded corners. It usually has a rich hue including cinnabar red color, ancient iron chestnut color , purple silt color , stone yellow color and sky blue color. No matter what style or hue it is in , the most important thing is that ” Teapots should be small rather than large and shallow rather than deep”. If a teapot is too large , it loses its craftsmanship.
Second: Tea Cup
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Second: Tea Cup
There is a four-word formula for selecting a tea cup: small, shallow, thin and white. Small cups allow for a single sip; shallow cups do not retain water; white jade-like colors set off the color of the tea; and thin paper-like material helps to bring out its fragrance. Chaozhou tea enthusiasts often favor blue and white wide mouth flat bottom cups with “If deep store” inscribed on the bottom, but these are now hard to find. White porcelain small cups produced in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province and Fengxi, Chaozhou are also excellent and commonly known as “White Fruit Cups”.
Third: Tea Wash
Tea wash is a method of cleaning and refreshing the skin by using tea. It involves washing the face with lukewarm tea and massaging it gently to remove dirt, oil, and impurities from the pores. The keys to this method are understanding your skin type, selecting the right type of tea for your needs, and having a gentle touch. After washing your face with tea, rinse it off with lukewarm water to leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.
There are many kinds of deep and shallow colors in the shape of a bowl, which is necessary for making tea. There are three bowls, one main bowl and two secondary bowls. The main bowl is used to soak tea cups; the secondary bowl is used to soak mugs; and the other is used to hold water for washing cups and already brewed tea leaves.
Fourth: Tea Tray
A tea tray is a shallow, flat-bottomed tray used for serving tea or other beverages such as coffee. It may also be used for presenting food items such as cakes, sandwiches, and pastries. Traditionally made of wood, tea trays are now available in a variety of materials including plastic, porcelain, metal, bamboo, and lacquer.
A tea tray is used to hold teacups, and there are various styles such as round moon shape and chessboard shape, etc. But no matter what style it is, the most important mantra is: broad, flat, shallow, white. That means the surface should be wide to accommodate more cups for more guests; the bottom should be flat so that the teacup will not shake easily; and the sides should be shallow and color should be white in order to set off the beauty of teacups and teapots.
Fifth: Tea Coaster
Smaller than a tea tray, the pot-holder is used to put the teapot on. It comes in various styles, but should always be remembered that “it should be shallow in summer and deep in winter.” In winter, more boiling water can be added when pouring the tea so that it will not get cold easily. A “tea cushion” should also be padded with a layer of “padding felt”. The “tea cushion” is made by frying silkworm cocoons according to the shape and size of the cushion. Therefore, silkworm cocoons should be used instead of padding felts to avoid strange smell. The role of padding felts is to protect the teapot. After sprinkling tea, the teapot should be turned over to prevent water accumulation inside the pot. Even a small amount of water will make the tea taste bitter due to tannic acid dissolution.
Sixth: Water Jug and Bowl
Water jugs are containers used for storing and carrying liquids such as water. Bowls are round, open dishes used for eating, drinking or serving food.
Water bottles and water bowls both serve the same purpose of storing water for making tea. Water bottles are best when they have a neck that hangs down and shoulders, a flat bottom, and a handle for carrying. There is also a type of bottle with a neck and mouth adorned with an image of a Chinese dragon, called the chilong tun, which is very good too. Water bowls are also used to store water for making tea; they are generally the same size as an ordinary flower pot, and there are many different designs. The “Red Gold Color” made during the Ming Dynasty uses five metal glazes to draw two fish tails on the bottom of the bowl; when scooping up water it looks like the fish are moving which is quite rare and valuable.
Seventh: Dragon Tank
Dragon Tank is a type of traditional Chinese decoration that is often used to decorate homes and gardens. It typically has a large, glazed ceramic sculpture of a dragon on the top, surrounded by four smaller sculptures or figures of mythical creatures. The larger dragon is usually seated on the edge of the tank and has a curved, spiny tail extending from one side. The bottom of the tank may be made from stone or other materials such as wood, and the sides are often decorated with intricate patterns and images. Dragon tanks are believed to bring luck and prosperity to their owners.
Similar to a lotus pond planted in the courtyard, a large dragon tank is used for storing a large amount of spring water, covered and supported by a wooden table at one corner of the study room with an ancient charm. Dragon tank is also made of plain porcelain, blue and white made with Mingxuande year but it is very hard to see.
Eight: Red Clay Stove
The red clay stove is a traditional Chinese kitchen appliance. It is made of red clay and fired in an oven to create a very strong and durable material. The stove has a chamber for burning wood or charcoal and a chimney to release the smoke. It is used for cooking, boiling water and heating the home. The stove is also popularly known as the “Dragon Stove.”
Red Clay Stove, Chaoan, Chaoyang, Jieyang all have production, the style is very beautiful. There are also various forms, the characteristics are long shape, six or seven inches high. The furnace heart of charcoal is deep and small, so that the fire is even and saves charcoal. The small stove has a cover and door. When not in use, it can be closed with one cover and one close, which not only saves energy but also is convenient. There are often a pair of elegant couplets on the door of the small stove to add to the tea pleasure.
Sandblasting is a process in which sand, or another abrasive material, is blasted onto an object’s surface to clean it or give it a specific texture. This process is often used to remove rust, paint, and other unwanted particles from the surface of metal objects. It can also be used to alter the shape of an object by removing material from its surface. Sandblasting is a powerful tool that can have a variety of applications in many different industries.
The most famous sand iron, commonly known as “teapot”, made in Chaonan Fengxi is made of sand mud and is very light. When the water is opened, the small lid will automatically lift up and make a sound. At this time, the water for tea is just right. As for steel and aluminum pots to boil water for tea, it is also okay, but metal things are not as good for boiling water for tea after all, not to mention the effort.
Tenth: Feather Fans and Steel Chopsticks
Feather fans and steel chopsticks are two essential items in Chinese culture. The fan is a symbol of nobility, while the steel chopsticks represent wisdom and knowledge. They are both practical items which offer convenience in daily life. The fan is used for cooling off during hot days, while the steel chopsticks can be used for eating food. Both objects also have great symbolic meanings as well. For example, the fan symbolizes power and respect, while the steel chopsticks represent intelligence and knowledge. Additionally, these two items have become integral parts of various festivals and ceremonies in China, such as weddings or birthday celebrations.
The feather fan is used for fanning the fire. When fanning the fire, one must use strength but not over the left and right of the stove door so as to maintain a certain temperature and also express respect to guests. Therefore, special feather fans are not only beneficial for demonstrating one’s skill but also a white goose-feather fan with a large handle and a silk tassel at the end of bamboo handle, set off with red, green, white…various colors of tea sets along with purple thick tea, naturally makes it charming. The steel chopsticks not only help in clamping charcoal and picking up fire but can also keep the host’s hands clean.