“Serving tea is a common etiquette in Chinese people’s daily life.
It is a way to show respect to guest and friends. These tips of serving
tea are very tradition, however, nowadays, people are more casual
and do not pay so much attention to the steps or rules of severing tea.”
Tea Serving Etiquette is one of the traditional Chinese etiquette which has a history of more than 3000 years. Since Zhou Dynasty, tea had already been a kind of present between friends and relatives and tribute for royalty.
Steps of serving tea
- Smell the tea.The host should show the tea, and introduce the characteristics to guests, while guests should smell the tea by turns.
- Warm the tea pot. Fill the boiled water into the empty pot to warm the pot, the pour out the water.
- Fill the tea to the pot. According to the variety of the tea to scoop the quantity of the tea. Use teaspoon to scoop the tea, not the hand.
- Invite guest to drink. Use two hands to hold the tea to guests to show respect. The tea cup should put at the right hand of the guest. Fill the water in time, when the water is nearly drank out. Guest should appreciate the tea, and try to avoid drinking a big mouthful of tea.
- Try to avoid crossing legs when drinking tea no matter host or guest.
Tips of serving tea
- The tea should not be serving too full on a cup, at most, 80% the tea cup.
- The water should not be too hot, so guests would ever been scalded their tongue by accidentally drinking.
- If there are more than 2 guests, the color of tea should be almost the same.
- When serving refreshments, put them right front of the guest and the tea cup should be placed at the right side of the refreshments.
- When serving tea, hold the cup on your right hand and offer from the right side of the guest with smile.
- The same tea leaves could serve for 3 or 4 cups. When guest’s cup is empty, the master could refill the tea. Until guest leave, the master could clean away the tea-things.
[Source: Tea Serving Etiquette in China – Top China Travel 2015]