By CCTV.com Panview editor team
Editor’s foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation, which aims to showcase the contrasting simplicity and glamour, the antiquity and fashion of China through unique perspectives of young foreign film makers.
The film, Chan & Tea One Taste, directed by Luisa Mendez, highlights China’s tea culture as encapsulated in Chan Tea, along with an exploration to its origins and current popularity.
Chan Tea culture is closely linked with Buddhism. The Chinese word Chan means meditation, and itself can be referred to the Zen Buddhism, one sect of Buddhism.
People believe Chan Tea can help them relax and empty their minds while meditating. The soothing and steamy drink can harmonize people with nature as well.
People who want to have a sip of Chan Tea and experience a moment of tranquility can visit the local Buddhist temple where Chan Tea is processed and served.
To make the tea even more special, avid fans can participate in ancient tea serving ceremonies held in the Daxiong Ceremony Hall in the Buddhist temple where monks wearing light gray robes, mix the leaves and serve tea to customers.
Tea enjoys wide popularity in China for its physical and mental health well-being benefits. When served steamy hot that can help those going on diets too.
For many, tea serves as a cultural ambassador for China with its rich history and customs. The ingredients found in the drink all come from China, making the tea economy, particularly in southern China, enjoy much more prosperity for those involved.
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