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LCSD to hold "Cha Cha Cha" tea exhibition at Times Square from tomorrow
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will hold a roving exhibition entitled "Cha Cha Cha" from tomorrow (May 1) at Times Square to showcase the fascinating story of Chinese tea culture.

     The Chinese have been drinking tea for millennia. Different tea drinking rituals have evolved in different eras – each forming a unique code of practice determined by the rigid yet refined process of leaf picking, tea production and service using the correct tea ware in a genteel manner.

     The exhibition demonstrates the art of tea drinking, showing many different types of tea and their matching pots and cups. For example, black tea is best served in a famille-rose porcelain cup; white tea and oolong tea in a blue-and-white porcelain cup; yellow tea in a celadon cup, while green tea and dark tea should be served in a bone china cup.

     There will be illustrations showing tea ware from the collection of the Palace Museum, namely a Yixing teapot with an imperial poem and a design of a person brewing tea, and a blue and white loop-handled teapot with a design of dragon medallions; tea ware from the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art including a blue and white cup with a design of the 12 symbolic flowers associated with the 12 months of a year, and a gourd-shaped teapot with prunus branches painted in famille-rose enamels; and a teapot with a bulging round shape from the collection of Lo Kwee-seong of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. There will also be animated clips introducing Eastern and Western tea ware.

     The 11 steps of black tea production will also be depicted in detail, from sowing the seeds and irrigating plants to plucking, selecting, spreading, rolling and fermenting, roasting and sieving the leaves, tea packing, and finally to transporting and exporting the end product.

     Running until May 14, the exhibition will be held at the covered piazza of Times Square, with opening hours from 10am to 10pm. Members of the public are welcome and entry is free.

     The roving exhibition is part of the "In Touch with Palace Museum" campaign being held by the LCSD from the end of 2016 to July 2017. Through a series of exhibitions, programmes and educational activities related to the arts and culture of the Palace Museum, the campaign highlights the essence of traditional Chinese culture and its modern connotations. The activities will be held in various districts, allowing members of the public to discover that far from being anachronistic or outmoded, traditional culture still holds a wealth of wisdom for their daily lives.
Ends/Sunday, April 30, 2017
Issued at HKT 10:00
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