Project for Chinese Tea Culture

---Listen to the words of Chinese tea wisdom;
---Feel the essence of Chinese tea culture;
---Explore the art of tea;
---Experience the culture of Confucianism and Buddhism.

About the Research Center of Tea Culture

Established in 2001, the Research Center of Tea Culture in our university focuses on the discipline study of tea culture and its heritage. Its research combines school education with social practice, supporting tea economy in Zhejiang and international tea culture education. In 2008 the World Tea Federation Secretariat was set up in the Center. It has carried out a series activities of ranking famous tea brand names worldwide (once in 2 years), which is highly dedicated to world tea industry and tea culture.
The research activities of the Center includes: Chinese tea history; Chinese tea arts; Chinese tea culture; culture of tea brand; international tea culture communication; innovation of tea culture; comprehensive utilization of tea; training of tea arts; marketing planning for renowned tea; training for teahouse management; training for sensory evaluation of tea; tea sets; planning for tea salon, and etc.

Course Introduction:

Tea is a treasure heavenly given to human beings. The traditional Chinese tea culture has a long history. Since the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, tea culture has evolved with the essence of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism and with its own brilliant features. In this process, Chinese people create a special tea culture which becomes the inexhaustible wisdom treasure in Chinese civilization.
As China plays a more important role in the world, people pay more attention to its civilization. It becomes a fashion to learn Chinese culture across the world.
Therefore, we set up an advanced seminar of Chinese Tea Culture for overseas friends to experience the broad and profound Chinese tea culture. The seminar can be customer-ordered, in which students choose subjects from the list. Through a professional study and a test, students are awarded the certificate of <Graduate of Advanced Seminar of China Tea Culture> by the Center, Zhejiang Shuren University, also, to be issued the certificate of <Tea Art Craftsman> by Zhejiang Provincial Labor Department, the People’s Republic of China.

Teaching modes: situational experience, interactive communication, fun sharing.


Arrangement for Short-term Course

This course needs 42 learning hours in total, including 12 hours for theory, 24 hours for practice, and 6 hours for tea culture experience.
Tests are made up of theoretical part (30%), tea sensory evaluation (10%) and tea arts practice (60%). Certificate for course accomplishment requires a score over 70 points.
Tuition: 1500 RMB/ person (covering teaching, experimental materials, photo taking service, certificates, and etc. Accommodation, dining expenses, the cost of transportation and tickets in the tour are not included. )
The course is set for more than 5 students. The 5-applicant course budget shall be shared equally by the applicants if there are less than 5.
Time A: from May to June Time B: from October to November

Category

Course

Content

Learning Hour

Tea Culture

Theory

(15 learning hours at least)

Brief History of Tea Culture

origin of tea culture, evolution of tea tasting, overview of different tea customs

3

The Development of Chinese Tea Arts

the development of Chinese tea arts and global communication

3

China Famous Tea Appreciation

appreciation of six famous Chinese tea

3

Tea Tasting And Skills of Better Brewing of Pure Flavor

detailed explanation of how to brew and enjoy good tea

6

Appreciation of Tea Sets In Daily Life

tea sets evolution and its selection in modern home furnishing

3

Tea and Health

scientific method of

tea storage and tasting

3

Chinese Tea House Culture

Chinese tea house: styles and features over the history

3

Tea Arts, Music, and Flower Arrangements

background music and flower arrangement in stylistic tea display

3

Chinese Tea Arts and Traditional Dress

Chinese tea arts clothing: choices and styles

3

 

Tea arts

(21 learning hours at least)

Tea Etiquette Practice and Tea Arts for Business Purpose

the practice of tea cultural activities: cultural etiquette and tea arts in ceremonial reception

3

Tea Arts with Glasses

practice of brewing green tea with glasses

6

Tea Arts With Capped Bowls

Practice of brewing green tea with capped bowls

6

Tea Arts with Pots and Small Cups

practice of brewing oolong tea in pots or small cups

6

Small Pots and its Creative Tea Brewing

practice of tea arts mainly with small pots

6

Home Tea Furnishing Designing

plan the layout of the tea table for different themes, which can be used in daily life to increase fun at home or in the office

3

Forget-me Tea Ceremony

practice of Forget-me Tea Ceremony, experience the harmony without hierarchy, enjoy all quality and equality

3

Sensory Evaluation of Green Tea

professional Sensory Evaluation: green tea as an example

3

Sensory Evaluation of Black Tea

professional Sensory Evaluation: black tea as an example

3

Sensory Evaluation of Oolong Tea

professional Sensory Evaluation: oolong tea as an example

3

Tea Culture

Experience (6 class hours at least)

Scientific Experience for Tea Culture

visit tea museums, research institute and other places

3

Culture Experience at Tea House

visit typical tea houses

3

Culture Experience for Tea Sets

visit Guan Kiln Museum, Southern Song Dynasty

3

Culture Experience for Tea Industry

visit the typical tea gardens, tea processing factories

3

Tourism Experience for Tea Culture

in-depth experience in Meijiawu, a tea scenic spot in Hangzhou

3

Course Arrangement for Classical Course Training

This course needs 360 learning hours in total, including 230 hours for theory, 130 hours for practice. Tests are made up of theoretical test (30%) and tea arts practice (70%). Qualifiers will be issued the certificate of “tea craftsman”. Those who have passed courses tests plus a professional thesis will get a certificate of course accomplishment.

Tuition: 6000 RMB/ person
The fees for teaching management, paper and experimental materials, photo taking service, address book making and tea culture tours are included.
Accommodation, dining expenses, the certificate assessment and making are not included.
The course is set for more than 5 students. The 5-applicant course budget shall be shared equally by the applicants if there are less than 5.
Time A: from May to June Time B: from October to November

Total:360

Course

Learning Hour

 

 

 

Theory

 

Chinese Tea Culture

36

Basic Knowledge about Chinese Tea

18

Basic Theory of Modern Tea Art

20

Tea Sets Appreciation

36

Basic Knowledge for Tea Sensory Evaluation:

18

Tea Table Designing and Tea Ceremony

6

Chinese Traditional Tea Tasting

12

Tea and Health

18

Tea House Culture

24

Tea Arts and Others

12

Tea Culture Worldwide

6

 

Practice

 

Basic Procedures and Rules of Modern Tea Arts

28

Basic Operation of Tea Sensory Evaluation

18

Tea Table Layout and Tea Party Organization

12

 

Tea Art And Other Practices

12

Practice for International Tea Culture (Japanese, Korean)

12

Thesis

18

Practice for Tea Art

18

Tea Culture And Tea Customs

36

Course Returns

Some course-related books are given for free; a CD-ROM as a souvenir; Tea art appreciation and tea table display; Visit the surrounding tea culture resorts and famous scenic spots; Tea party, poetry, literature and art salons, meditation, etc.

 

Course Arrangement for Customer-Ordered Program

This course needs 18 learning hours in total on a specific topic, including 6 hours for theory, 12 hours for practice.
Tuition: 800 RMB/ person
The fees for teaching management, lecture and experimental materials, registration, certificate, photo taking service, and address book making are included.
Accommodation, dining expenses, the cost of transportation and tickets in the tour are not included.
The course is set for more than 5 students. The 5-applicant course budget shall be shared equally by the applicants if there are less than 5.
Time A: from May to June Time B: from October to November

Topic 1: Green Tea:
1. Introduction to the History of Chinese Green Tea;
2. Distribution and Quality Characteristics of Chinese Green Tea;
3. Sensory Evaluation of Famous Green Tea;
4. Green Tea Storage and Tasting;
5. Green Tea Brewing;

Topic 2: Black Tea:
1. Introduction to the History of Chinese Black Tea;
2. Distribution and Quality Characteristics of Chinese Black Tea;
3. Sensory Evaluation of Famous Black Tea;
4. Black Tea Storage and Tasting;
5. Black Tea Brewing;
6. English Afternoon Tea: Procedure and Methods;

Topic 3: Oolong Tea:
1. Introduction to the History of Chinese Oolong Tea;
2. Distribution and Quality Characteristics of Chinese Oolong Tea;
3. Sensory Evaluation of Famous Oolong Tea;
4. Oolong Tea Storage and Tasting;
5. Oolong Tea Brewing;

Topic 4: Chinese Dark Tea:
1. Introduction to the History of Chinese Dark Tea;
2. Distribution and Quality Characteristics of Chinese Dark Tea;
3. Sensory Evaluation of Famous Chinese Dark Tea;
4. Chinese Dark Tea Storage and Tasting;
5. Chinese Dark Tea Brewing;

Topic 5: Tea Sets:
1. The Development of Tea Sets;
2. Classification and the Specific Use of Tea Sets;
3. Analysis on Tea and Tea Sets;
4. Appreciation of Purple Clay Teapots;

Topic 6: Modern Tea Art
1. Making Tea with Glass
2. Making Tea with Tureen(Drinking Apparatus、Tea Container)
3. Making Tea with Small Pot
4. Tea Art Experiential Practicing in the Tea House

Topic 7: Tea Culture Innovation:
1. Tea Table Designing: Definition and Positioning;
2. Tea Table Designing: on The Basis of Aesthetics;
3. Steps of Tea Art Creation;
4. Arrangements of Tea Furnishing At Home;

Topic 8: Business Tea Etiquette:
1. Practice of Tea Culture Etiquette
2. Tea Choices and Brewing for Business Purpose;
3. Reception Practice of Tea Party for Business Purpose;
4. Tea as Gifts for Business Purpose: Designing and Choosing;
Note:We accept domestic and foreign groups for both short and long term study. The curriculum and relative activity settings are flexible and can be made more personalized according to your requirements.

■Advantage of This Project
1. Hangzhou enjoys the reputation of “Capital of Chinese Tea”, where not only tea, but also unique southern characteristic of tea culture are originated. Tea culture is one of the symbols of the local “slow life” tempo. Here you will get the ubiquitous tea culture.
2. The Tea Culture R&D Center of our school was established in 2001, with specialized laboratory for practice and research. Tea culture is a characteristic specialty in our school, which was appointed as standing body by WTU in 2008, and has been holding biennial activities for International name appraisal since then.
3. Our campus adjacent to the famous Grand Canal, where students can take a good relax in their spare time, reading or chatting in a teahouse, feeling the charm of the Canal.
4. Our school locates in the downtown section, with convenient transportation both by bus or by canal boat.

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