To promote Chinese traditional tea culture, 288 participants - organized by the Shenzhen Tea Promotion Association and Tang Jian Song Dian Tea Ceremony Research Group - recently achieved the Guinness World Records title for the most people whisking tea simultaneously.
Sponsored by Shenzhen Guoyun Tea Culture Industry Co., Ltd, the challenge was held at the Shenzhen Futian Convention and Exhibition Center during 'TEA EXPO - 2019 Global Tea Fair China' (Shenzhen) Autumn.
In the Song Dynasty of China, Chinese tea was not only for drinking but also a competitive activity. Unlike Sencha in the Tang Dynasty, the tea is prepared by putting tea leaves or tea powder into a cup, adding boiling water into the cup, and stirring the tea vigorously until foam is produced.
At the end of the challenge, the 288 participants drew pictures in their tea bowl, writing "Chinese tea ceremony", and then savored the tea and foam.
Did you know?
Fun fact - On May 6, 2016, the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology excavated some 2,100 years old tea leaves in Han Yang Ling Mausoleum - the oldest tea leaves ever discovered. The tea was originally described as an unidentified plant when it was unearthed in the mausoleum, until 2015 when it was identified by the Chinese Academy of Sciences using plant microfossils and biomarkers as the remains of tea.