This Friday's company activity was to go to have a buffet dinner in a teahouse called "Luhecun". To be frank, I didn't have too much feeling about it and I don't like the buffet very much, for eating too much at a time is pretty harmful to our health. Before this, I had went to a teahouse in my county - that is my first time. I haven't went to the teahouse before that because on one hand it is not so necessary and on the other, it is too expensive for me. My impression to that teahouse is nothing special. It is just a place for people to chat, and even play cards and mahjong - nothing different from other bars and leisure centers.
But this time seemed to be different. As soon as I arrived at the site of the teahouse, I got a little surprised. The style of the building is an typical Hui style architecture, which is unique from the left and brought us an antique flavour. I like this kind of feeling, not because I am a nostalgic person. Tea -tasting is really an art, which is quite different from normal drinking. I didn't like teahouse, because it is not a good place to drink tea. As we all know, Japan is famous for sado ( In fact, Japanese sado is introduced from antient China in Tang dynasty), but we don't know what it is. Actually, sado is really comprehensive, which laid great emphasises on the tea - leaves, water to be used, tea sets, duration of fire as well as the surroundings. Even people's mood is also very important. So I don't think teahouse is suitable to exist in the current world.
In my mind, teahouse is just a stuff that should be only exsit in ancient time, when it was so popular to all kinds of people. The reason why the teahouse was that popular, I guess, is there was not too many other things to drink, so all the people like to go to teahouse. But the situation today is quite different - we have so many things to drink: mineral water, soda drink, milk, yogurt, juice and so on. Tea is no longer the only choice.
I find that in antient times, tea - drinking can be mainly classified into two different catagories - one is that among the lower class people, which is just for somthing to drinking, and the other is that among the upper class people( those people are mainly government officials and other educated people). The sado is generally developed among the upper class - they have a lot of lesiure time, so they always versify during the tea time and they also make a lot of rules of tea - tasting. Sado was considered as a leisure thing done by people with a good taste. However, people with good taste would not go to a too " modern" teahouse.
I have wrote too much. What I want to say is that this teahouse is quite different from others, it is also a three - star tour site in China - the founder of the teahouse is also a collector of carvings. His collectings include wood carvings, stone carvings and brick sculpture - which is the famous "three carvings". When we taste the tea, we can also appreciate the museum of carvings - this is an unparallel place for tea - tasting.