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Enjoy The Gongfu Tea, Enjoy The Life

by alywang

I guess those people who never heard Gongfu Tea will think “Gongfu” is a kind of tea. Actually, Gongfu Tea is a special way of infusing the tea. Tea epically oolong infused by this way tastes better. Gongfu Tea, traced back to Song Dynasty, is most popular in Chaoshan area and Fujian province. It doesn’t originate from Chaozhou but this age-old city keeps this custom well. In Chaozhou, almost every household has a tea set of Gongfu Tea. Many local people like drinking tea very much. They usually drink tea one to three times every day. When guests visit their home, the first thing is to make Gongfu Tea to serve the guests.
Why does this way of infusing the tea have a name “Gongfu Tea”? This “Gongfu” means it requires some skills to infuse and drink tea.
There are at least 3 kinds of tools needed to make Gongfu Tea
1. Teapot
If you want to infuse the good tea, choosing a good teapot is important. It’s better to choose sand-fired teapot. Besides, the teapot should be small and shallow.
2. Teacup
The teacup should be small, shallow, thin and white.
3. Tea tray
There are different sizes for the tea tray. The usual one can hold three teacups and a teapot.
After introducing the tools for Gongfu Tea, now talk about the how to make Gongfu Tea.
The spring water is the best for making Gongfu Tea. Before making tea, the teapot and the teacups should be cleaned with boiled water. And then put some tealeaves into the teapot and pour the hot water into the teapot. The lid is put on the teapot. A second later, pour the tea out of the teapot. The first round of the tea which contents some impurities is not supposed to be drunk. When the second round of the tea can be poured into the cups which are arranged in a circle, pour the tea with a circular motion into each cup. In this way, the color and consistency of the tea in all the cups are the same.
It’s refreshing after drinking a cup of yellow and limpid tea which smells delicate fragrance. And the flavor will stay in the mouth for a while.

The Gem Of The Rural Arts In China

by alywang

Chaozhou is the home town of wire puppets play. This “subminiature Chaozhou Drama” as an old traditional art form which developed from shadow play is a singular puppet kind.
The roles of the Chaozhou Wire Puppets Play are from the Chaozhou Drama. When their faces of the puppets are drawn to various types of facial makeup and their bodies are worn different dresses, they become the vivid drama characters.
The troupe need to build a stage which is about ten feet square rises some five feet above the ground before performance. Traditional wire puppets troupe consists of nine people-three puppeteers, three singers and three musicians. Puppeteers usually sit cross their legs behind the curtain. The puppeteer who sits on the right of the stage is one who controls the play. Most of the themes of the plays are history, novels and myths. Acrobatic stunts such as juggling weapons, wielding cudgels, balancing pots on the head and spinning plates are often performed to enliven the stage atmosphere.
During Spring Festival, the puppets plays are showed in many villages of Chaozhou. The Chaozhou Wire Puppets Play is not only popular in Chaozhou but also famous in the international puppets play area. The best Chaozhou Wire Puppets troupe used to perform in some of the European countries such as Germany and received highly praises. With its rural and distinctive performance skills and exquisite music for voice, the Chaozhou Wire Puppets Play is reputed as the gem of the rural arts in China and will keep carrying forward.

The Qingming Festival

by alywang

The Qingming Festival is an important sacrifice festival in China. People sweep the tomb of their ancestors and sacrifice them on this day. According to the custom, people usually take some food and “paper money” to the tomb. First of all they sweep the tomb and then offer the food “paper money” for their ancestors. Every one in Chaozhou attaches very importance to this day. It delivers people’s infinite missing to their ancestors.

The Chaozhou dialect

by alywang

Chaozhou dialect is the inferior dialect of the Southern Min dialect which is one of the eight language systems in Chinese dialects. It’s also the most ancient and the most special dialect in China. Its words and phrases are abundant, humorous, vivid and full of very strong expressive force and keep a lot of components of ancient Chinese.
Chaozhou dialect initiated in Qing Dynasty, formed in Tang Dynasty and came into its independent language system. Its main body is the ancient Chinese of the central plains of China. It has special grammar, abundant words and phrases, unique sound and many ancient semantemes and so on. For example, there are four tones in Chinese Mandarin but eight tones in Chaozhou dialect. As it’s simple, unsophisticated and elegant and has the characteristics mentioned above, Chaozhou dialect has been paid close attention by the Chinese and foreign linguists.

Swimming in Han-River

by alywang

Many people go swimming in Han-River during summer. You can even see those big fans of swimming swim in winter. I think not a few people living in Chaozhou can swim for Han-River is so close to them. My dad likes swimming in Han-River a lot. He taught my younger brother and me swimming when we were very young as he thinks swimming is the basic skill we should learn.

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