Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Long Spout Teapot Tea Performance 长嘴壶茶艺

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9D-g74SINw










Long Spout Teapot Tea Performance (长嘴壶茶艺), one kind of Kung Fu (Gong Fu) Tea performance, is a popular tea performace in Sichuan (Sizchuan in most English, famous for its spicy food) and Zhe Jiang, China.

One story says in early 3 century, the Chinese emperor Ah Dou was afraid that someone could attack him while serving him a drink. His Strategiest, Zhu Ge Liang (诸葛亮)designed a special pot that has long curved spout made of cooper for him. This pot can be used to carry liquor but also be used as a weapon to protect him.

Another story says old tea houses are always crowded and there are not many waitresses. People do not want to wait. Long Spout tea pots allow waitress to pour tea from a distance thus can serve multiple people at one spot.

There are few styles: Erh Mei style (Sizchuan), Dragon 18 Style (Meng Ding, Sizchuan), Fu Rong (Sizchuan) and Tai Chi (Hangzhou, Zhejiang),etc...This short video was recorded in Hangzhou. He is actually a champion of Tea Performance in China.




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