Poohblah wrote: bagua7 wrote: futurebird wrote:
Long distance pour. Maybe it cools the tea down? Or maybe it's just fun.
Popular in the touristy tea houses in Beijing.
And apparently in Southern China too. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=17126
In '93 i have seen similar, but not that extreme long spouts, in all of Chengdu's teahouses, which were definitely not touristic, but in all gardens and neighborhoods used by locals. People drunk green tea from Gaiwan, read papers, played chess, listened to their caged birds singing, and occasionally had their ears professionally cleaned by folks that offered that service. In between waiters walked around and filled up empty Gaiwan from those kettles with very long spouts.
I haven't been back in Chengdu since. Dunno if it is still like this. I loved hanging out in those teahouses.