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Ten Fu's Tea Museum is an amusement park dedicated entirely to tea. Located deep in the region of China where Oolong is grown, hours from the nearest airport. Yet thousands of tourists have made the journey since it opened a year ago. The museum has an enormous teapot fountain next to its main building where the many steps in creating top-grade tea are exhibited. Employees in period costumes demonstrate ceremonial rituals for preparing and serving tea. Tea consumption is up in China, with new tea houses catering to young and old with tapioca bubble drinks and the traditional brews.

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TEA HISTORY, TEA EVENT AND TEA CULTURE

"Tea tree is among the best trees in south China". Ever since the discovery of wild tea trees, people have used for treatment, as a kind of food and drink. Nowadays people are using tea in more diversified ways. As for the production of tea, modernized assembly lines have taken the place of mechanical operation and ancient handwork. The beauty of tea culture has been greatly enhanced by new innovations in tea production.

Visiting the Ten Fu Tea Museum means reading the history of Chinese tea.

Tea has been used by Chinese for than three thousand years according to proven records. Throughout this period, tea lovers cover a wide range from emperors and high officers to common citizens. The officers, scholars, monks, Taoist priests, calligraphers, painters and poets of all dynasties were crazy about tea. They drank tea while practicing Taoism and Buddhism, while making friend, they made tea as theme of poems, articles, books and paintings from which they derived the Chinese tea culture which has been prosperous from dynasty to dynasty, with its contents so abundant that the descendents are extremely blessed to enjoy all of them.

Ten Fu OxPASS ON THE FUTURE
Seeing that the calf is able to shoulder heavy loads, the ox turns its head satisfactorily as if giving the last advice before retirement. At the same time, the man looking after the ox, smiling, is handing his whip over his son, hoping the latter will do a better job. It pictures two closely related events in the development of tea industry meaning that the tea culture is entering a brand new stage. The words "pass on the tea career from generation to generation, carry forward the cause and forge ahead into the future" sculptured in the Ten Fu tea Museum exemplifies the expectation of Chinese tea undertaking of its writer, Chairman Lee Rieho.

Ten Fu Exhibition HallEXHIBITION HALL
The exhibition hall of the TenFu tea Museum is a two-story building in ancient Chinese architectural style encompassing an area of 3,000 m2. the style of the hall is a combination of conventional and modern design. Materials on tea technology, tea discovery, tea application and innovation are displayed on the first floor with stories on tea from various dynasties in China (the Tang Dynasty, the Song Dynasty, the Yuan Dynasty, the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty), famous Chinese springs, the current production condition of Chinese tea, tea garden, different methods of tea making, tea samples along with all sorts of tea-drinking customs existing among Chinese minority groups. There is also an exhibition room for which holds special exhibitions regularly. On the second floor, we introduce tea customs of other countries, tea culture of Japan, Korea and countries in Southeast Asia, arts and tea sets, explain the relationship between tea and poems, tea and calligraphy and paintings, tea and health, and the multiple use of tea. Also on the second floor, the Ten Fu History Room introduces the development of the Ten Fu Group.

  • Map of 1st Floor
  • Map of 2nd Floor

    Ten Fu Tea Art ClassroomTEA ARTS CLASSROOM
    Walking through the tranquil and tasteful corridor that leads you to the pretty lotus pond after detouring round the exhibition hall, you will reach the elegant tea arts classroom where you can indulge in tea's mystery and delights.

    JAPANESE TEA ARTS HOUSE --- THE FUHUI TEMPLE
    Chinese tea and tea culture, which relate closely to the origination and development of Japanese tea arts, boast the deepest effect on Japan. Tea arts are one of the typical features in Japanese tea culture yet the beginning of which cannot be isolated from the effect of Chinese culture.

    Along with the spread of Buddhism, Chinese tea and tea culture immigrated into Japan from Zhejiang Province. A large number of Japanese officers and knowledgeable monks were escorted to various famous Buddhism sites to study from the Tang Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty. Besides the technology of tea growing and tea boiling, they introduced traditional Chinese tea ideal to Japan. Therefore tea arts began to be carried forward in Japan and eventually tea art was incorporated into Japanese art forms and spiritual meaning.

     

    There are three tea rooms in the Fuhui Temple of the Ten Fu tea Museum named Dedicate Pavilion, Simple Pavilion and Respected Pavilion, respectively representing afferent times. Tea artists who have received Japanese tea arts training perform Japanese tea arts there.


     

    Ten Fu CalligraphyTENFU CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING ROOM
    Chinese put writing, playing chess, playing musical instruments, painting, drinking wine and tea, as the seven scholars must be capable of. Calligraphy and painting have long been related with tea and have benefited from each other. "Tea nurtures the scholar's mind." Scholars seek inspiration from tea when writing and painting at the same time express their love for tea in their writing and paintings. The purpose of the Ten Fu tea Museum's Ten Fu Calligraphy and Painting Room is to unite tea naturally with poems, books and paintings so as to create an elegant environment of tea culture.

    There are four halls in the calligraphy and Painting Room:

    1. A main exhibition room showing the calligraphy and painting collected by the Room; 2. A flexible exhibition room regularly displaying personal or specialized calligraphy and painting exhibition; 3. A rare stone house exhibiting rare stones and handicrafts from different places; and 4. A calligraphy hall offering place for calligraphy activities.

    When the Ten Fu Museum was first opened, "An Exhibition of Calligraphy and Painting Collected by Late Premier Zhou Enlai" was showed in the flexible exhibition room from January 7 to February 7, 2002. Works of contemporary well-known calligraphers and painters including genuine works by Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong, Zhao Pochu, Qi Gong, Sha Menghai etc. were displayed.

    THE KING OF TEA TREES

    Where did tea originate? Scholars of many tea-producing countries have argued that there are tea trees as old as a thousand years in age. With the discovery of a 2700-year-old tea tree in Qianjiazhai, Tianyuan, Yunan, China has proved that tea trees did in fact originated in China. This ancient tea tree of 2700 years old has been considered the kind of tea trees and has been put into the Guinness Book of Records.

    Excited about the discovery of the king of tea trees, Chairman Lee Rieho, despite of hardship and dangers, climbed the mountain to see the tree at 2500 meters above the sea level on April 15, 2000. The visit took 18 hours to accomplish. Then Chairman Lee Rieho made up his mind to take care of the old tree. It was on October 10, 2001 that he reached an agreement with the local government, Ten Fu Group has been granted the right to care for the king of tea tree. The handshaking of human tea king and the king of tea tree is date that has been waiting to happen for more than a thousand years.

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