Did you have any idea the placement of your tea cup could hold such profound meaning? Welcome to the traditional Chinese art of tea formations. Photo: Arthur Tam Did you have any idea the placement of your tea cup could hold such profound meaning? Welcome to the traditional Chinese art of tea formations. Photo: Arthur Tam
Did you have any idea the placement of your tea cup could hold such profound meaning? Welcome to the traditional Chinese art of tea formations. Photo: Arthur Tam

Unravelling Chinese tea formations: from Qing dynasty secret societies to today’s triads and wuxia films, do you have any idea what the placement of your tea set really means?

Where your tea pot and cups sit on a tray can carry hidden meaning, great ceremony or sound an emergency, thanks to centuries-old codes developed by Chinese rebels opposed to the Qing dynasty, carried forward by secret societies, loved by gangsters and featured in films about old Hong Kong

Topic |   Chinese culture
Did you have any idea the placement of your tea cup could hold such profound meaning? Welcome to the traditional Chinese art of tea formations. Photo: Arthur Tam Did you have any idea the placement of your tea cup could hold such profound meaning? Welcome to the traditional Chinese art of tea formations. Photo: Arthur Tam
Did you have any idea the placement of your tea cup could hold such profound meaning? Welcome to the traditional Chinese art of tea formations. Photo: Arthur Tam
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