Drinking Tea, Wine, and Coffee in China: 喝茶,酒,和咖啡

Chinese tea has a history of more than five thousand years. Chinese love to drink three main kinds of tea: green tea, black tea, and camellia. Green tea is not fermented, black tea is fermented, and camellia is a mix of either green or black tea with jasmine or other flowers, and has a floral scent. For the thousands of years that the Chinese have drank tea, tea drinking has become an art. In the Tang Dynasty, China already had tea ceremony for art. Chinese also started drinking alcohol very early. Chinese drink three main kinds of wine: white wine, red wine, and rice wine. The degree of white wine is relatively high, it is easy to get drunk. However, because the degree of red wine is very low, it is not easy to get drunk. Rice wine has yellow and white, such as sweet-scented osmanthus wine in Shaanxi. During the holidays like Chinese New Year, many people drink because drinking can make people happy. Lastly, coffee came to China more than 100 years ago from foreign countries. Even though Chinese people have not had a long history of drinking coffee, now Chinese people like to drink coffee. In the past there were many teahouses in various parts of China, now cafes are available in many places. Over the years, the evolution of Chinese drink have evolved just as its culture has too.

There are 8 comments

  1. Nico li

    I really like drinking green tea, and reading this article makes it a different experience. I really would appreciate green tea next time I drink it.

  2. Steven Yu

    I did not know that there were different degrees of red wine and white. Also interesting how early people begin drinking in China.

  3. Serene L.

    I thought drinking tea was just a preference, but it is interesting how the Chinese says that drinking tea has become an art over thousands of years. I like that the Chinese drink light wine as in they can’t get drunk easily. It would be a benefit.

  4. Hitomi Honda

    Wow, I learned so much about tea, coffee, and alcohol after reading this article! I never knew that the Chinese considered tea drinking to be an art or the fact that they even held tea ceremonies for art during the Tang dynasty. Thanks for sharing!

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