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As far as drinking is concerned, much attention has been paid by the Chinese to the act of savoring since ancient times, an act that has been gradually turned into its own unique art in the process of tea drinking. The people can not only distinguish good tea from mediocre tea during savoring, but also fully enjoy themselves while immersed in the taste on their tongues. Important factors include the color, fragrance, flavor, and the water quality of the tea set, and a kettle of strong tea can help banish fatigue and frustration after a busy day, improving your thinking abilities and inspiring your spirit.
The Chinese also give much consideration to the environment when savoring tea; the buildings, gardens, ornaments, tea sets, and atmosphere of tea drinking should be tranquil, refreshing, and comfortable. As such, teahouses are usually set up near natural scenic spots to optimize aesthetic and atmospheric pleasure. The highest domain of drinking tea is referred to as tea lore in Chinese culture, which is a combination of philosophy, ethics, and mortality in line with tea drinking practices during which people cultivate their principles and spirit, savoring not only the ancient drink but also the true meaning of life. Another unforgettable experience is to sip slowly in a serene room to fully appreciate the allure of the tea and the peripheral environment.
Tea sets themselves are also vital elements to the tea culture. Chinese tea sets include varying combinations of teacups, bowls, kettles, saucers, and trays. Many famous sets favored by the Chinese include the blue and white porcelain versions from Jingdezhen of the Jiangxi Province, and the dark red enameled pottery sets from Yixing of the Jiangsu Province.
Tea can greatly benefit one’s health; it can not only refresh the mind and clear heat within the body, but also keep the body fit. If you form a habit of drinking a cup of tea in your daily life, you will be healthier than ever. Below are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Drink hot tea
Because tea oxidizes after brewing, its nutrients decrease gradually as time goes on. As such, it is advised to drink it hot to make full use of its healthful properties.
2. Never drink too much strong tea
Too much strong tea is harmful to your stomach and can lead to insomnia. It is best to make a cup of tea with a ration of 4 grams of tea leaves for every 250 milliliters of boiling water.
3. Drink tea between meals
If you drink tea soon before or after meals, it will quench your appetite or cause indigestion because your stomach is empty or full, respectively, thus doing harm to your health.
4. Do not drink tea with medicine
Tea is rich in tannins which can react unfavorably with some medicines, sometimes even reducing medicinal effects, so it is advised to take medicines before meals.
5. Green tea is the best choice for office workers
Green tea is rich in theine which helps prevents some negative effects of computer radiation and renews moisture within the body.
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