Chinese Tea Ceremony - Chinese tea ceremony is quite a different way to drink tea than either traditional English style or Japanese tea ceremony. The Chinese tea ceremony can is used for green, oolong or black teas.
Traditional chinese tea pots are made of unglazed clay, and are seasoned from years of use. The clay absorbs the oils from the tea leaves and over time, develops a glazed appearance, especially on the inside of the pot. The clay used to make these tea pots is called Yixing clay and is only found in one small town in China, near Shanghai. The Chinese believe this clay can dissolve toxic minerals in both tea and water. Yixing teaware are highly collectable.The tea pots are much smaller than typically found in the West, holding just 1-2 cups, or 8 ounces of liquid. Since the clay absorbs some of the tea's essence, different pots are used for different types of tea. The tea pots and cups sit on a special slatted bamboo box to drain and hold the excess liquid that is poured over the tea pots.