Another Tea Tip=)

 We went to visit my husband’s uncle for the weekend, was a bit nervous since I’ve never met his uncle’s family. The last time when my husband saw them was like ten years ago, no wonder he couldn’t recognize none of his cousins when they hug us at the front door. We were invited for a short conversation with the whole family. Tea, of course is a very important part in Chinese Culture when chatting with the guests. As a new member to my husband’s family, especially for the very first time meeting a senior or an elder, pouring tea for him or her is considered as a symbol of respect. I was a bit embarrassed when I everyone was watching me poured tea in cups. I was told that it would be rude if pour tea in a full cup, so I stopped by the 3/4 from the edge. I have to say that Tea in Chinese Culture is a very attentive subject. Especially when having tea with elders, I have to pour tea for them whenever their cup becomes almost empty. I can imagine is a tough job for someone new to the culture…but when you get used to it, it will become fairly easy. =)

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4 Responses to “Another Tea Tip=)”

  1. Tracy says:

    I agree. I got to know that from people around me, too :-) Cantonese traditions are part of the Chinese culture – since China covers an extremely large geographic area, there are various regional customs and traditions. It’s always fun to know!

  2. Si Si says:

    Well, at least I see ppl around me r doing this knocking thing frequently…and I did learn this from an elder…@@

  3. Tracy says:

    Isn’t the bend-your-fingers-and-knock-at-the-table thing a Cantonese tradition? I see people do that at Dim Sum restaurants sometimes. Correct me if I am wrong.

  4. Hui says:

    Hmm…heard someone mentioned about “knocking the table with three of your fingers three times” before, but never saw anyone did this. The only thing I did was pouring tea for the elders. I guess most of young generation don’t know about those “hidden rules”. Good to know. Thanks!

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