The traditions of Chinese tea go back for centuries but tea drinking has seen a particular resurgence in recent years. As a result, tea-shops and tea-houses have sprung up all over most modern cities.

But tea drinking has not always been favoured. Regarded as bourgeois during the Cultural Revolution, tea-houses were torn down by political extremists.

First broadcast:
4 November 2010

This clip could be used as an introduction to Chinese tea culture. Ask the students to use the information in the clip to give a presentation on Chinese tea culture. Put key points from the clip in Chinese on a poster and ask the students to choose the items from the poster to use in their presentation.
For more advanced students, ask them to compare the Chinese drinking culture with the English drinking culture.