On the afternoon of Jan. 14, Newsgd.com invited a group of foreign friends to enjoy a gathering at the 289 Art Park in Guangzhou.
Kung Fu Tea, Chinese Calligraphy and classical Chinese furniture, the Spring Festival gathering with foreign friends in Guangzhou turned out to be an extraordinary cultural experience. The Kung Fu Tea charmed the expats, the expats’ calligraphy works wowed the Chinese fans, and the classical redwood furniture fascinated all.
The tea master introduced how to make Kung Fu Tea, smelling fragrance of tea leaves, adding boiling water into the teapot, holding the teapot to keep it warm and then enjoying your tea. After watching the demonstration, Dr. Sunil Kumar Sahu from India followed the tea master’s instruction to make a pot of tea, aroma overflowing. His moves of making tea seemed so sophisticated, even the Chinese onlookers were impressed.
Many foreign guests were also interested in the incense burned at the scene. The tea master told that different incenses will be burned to go with different teas, which will help the tea tasters to enjoy the tea better.
After tasting Kung Fu Tea, Ni Kuan, Visiting Professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts gave a brief introduction of Chinese Calligraphy. Since it’s the Year of the Rooster, Chinese character ji (鸡 means rooster) was the first to show. Other auspicious characters include fu (福 means blessing), ji (吉 means auspiciousness), and bao (宝 means fortune).
Professor Ni Kuan reminded that the character fu is only posted upside-down on a trash can or water vat, meaning the blessing won’t be thrown away. In most cases, the character fu should be posted the right way up, such as on the door.