Gongfu Cha with Yixing Teapot

The Chinese Kung Fu Tea Ceremony, or Gongfu Cha, is an ancient Chinese functional art form. The exact origins of the Chinese Tea Ceremony are unknown, but the Chaoshan/Chaozhou region is credited with making it a part of daily life. There are officially 21 steps to the process, though following the steps is more of a meditation than a practical way to serve tea.

You can see a step-by-step explanation of the ceremony here:


The name of the ceremony is a play on the words Kung Fu, based on the methodical steps that are required to properly perform the art.

Unlike the more recent Japanese Tea Ceremony, the Chinese Gongfu Tea Ceremony focuses not on the ceremony itself, but on the proper preparation of tea.