Traditional Chinese Tea Set and Tea Culture

The tea set refers to the tools used in tea making and tea drinking.

China is home to tea. The tea encompasses a history span of 5,000 to 6,000 years from primary use as medicine to drinks in West Han. With the changes of tea making come the changes in tea set which evolved from primitive earth pot, pottery pot, jar to cup after up to 600 years’ development. Tea culture arising out of this evolution has become the essence of tea art as well as the etiquette and custom of Chinese nationalities. There for, tea is a major component and medium of Chinese culture, playing an important role in hand down social morality, expressing culture heritage and promoting social progress. It is now a drink of Chinese nation.

Perfect tea making tools is able to preserving the freshness and excellence of tea soup. Tea drinking and tea drinking set vary from place to place and people to people. In ethnic minorities-populated regions, there are still some local made unique tea sets. They made of bamboo, wood, clay, copper, iron and lacquer. Tea set is divided into water boiler, tea storage set, tea service set, container and tea maker.

The tea sets hereby presented are collected from places of Yunnan, Tibet, Jiangxi, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia and boast a history of about 400 years from Qing Dynasty to now.

The items displayed include: Water boiler, tea service set, container, tea brewing tray, tea cup, konfu tea set, tea storage set.

Location: 2nd floor, Bai Branch Museum, South Park