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before I came to the south, specifically Guang Dong,I almost didn't drink any tea, the way people in the north prepare tea is very simple, just placing tea in the cup and pouring hot water into it, the tea in the cup normally last one whole day without being changed, and in particular women like to put in extra chinese herbs like 菊花/胖大海 together with tea.|
until now I can't forget how my father filled 60% of his cup with tea and the water tastes like chinese medicine, of course back then my father bought the lowest grade of tea, normally you couldn't taste anything other than bitterness. but I guess that's what people like my father ever knew about tea, they must have thought tea should taste like that.
then I came to the south, people here take tea much more seriously, they got sophisticated tools and special procedures to prepare tea, and almost each time I go to visit our suppliers or other business partners, they will entertain us with this type of tea which I later knew as Gong Fu tea.
The tea thus prepared smelled and tasted much better than those I knew in the north, of course I know it's just that they use better tea, not related to the tools or procedures. also I'm not very accustomed to the fact they don't use those disposable cups, which I feel are better in the sense of hygiene.
and there is news recently saying Gong Fu tea is drunk hot, which might cause cancer in the throat and as evidence people in Chao Shan area of Guang Dong tend to have a higher rate of throat cancer.
personally I don't care how tea is prepared, I never use Gong Fu Tea myself which is too complicated for me, but there is still one element I borrowed from it: I use normal cup but with net, so I can pour the 1st round of water out without geting out the tea, then I drink from the 2nd cup. this is to get rid of the toxics or heavy metal which is said to have been attached to the tea leaves when they were produced.