Previously we linked to a NY Times article featuring a unique teahouse in Hangzhou. Well, after a little bit of stumbling around, we happened upon that teahouse in an area known as History Street.
We can offer little in the way of improving upon the extremely beautiful pictures Chang W. Lee took for the NY Times piece. However, the one thing the images did not fully capture—or at least I didn’t grasp prior to seeing it in person—is how much movement is involved in the tea style practiced here. It quite literally is a form of martial arts. I tried taking some pictures using a 2nd-sync flash, hoping to capture more of the movement. With the Canon G6 camera I was using, I had limited success.
We spent several afternoons in the tea house, and towards the end got them to give us a few demonstrations of all the different poses involved. The video shows more clearly just how much movement is involved.
For the record, the name of the style used at the teahouse is Taiji Cha. Taiji is the well-known martial arts form from China, and cha simply means tea.