Tea Appreciation Workshop

By: Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Carrall Street 578, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Event Details

This virtual workshop is specially designed for everyone who loves tea and wishes to learn more about its origin, culture and why its consumption it is so commonly associate with a mindful and healthy lifestyle.

Hosted by senior trainer of traditional Chinese tea ceremony and former in-house tea artist at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Lillian Li, this series of 3 weekly sessions was designed to introduced you to the unique properties of Chá (the Chinese word of tea), its history and cultural relevance.

You will also learn about tea tasting, aesthetics and tea etiquette.

In each 60-minute session, we will reserve a place at the end for Q&A, where Lillian can share her expertise.

We recommend having a tea set and accessories for a better understanding and more immersive experience during this workshop. You can use your own or enjoy a special offer when you register for the complete workshop!

The tea set and accessories valued at $100 includes: 1 pouch, 1 Gaiwan (a traditional smaller vessel which brews tea in multiple infusions), 1 fairness cup, 3 teacups, 1 small tea towel, complimented with accessories such as: tea leaves holder, tea pick and tea tong.

You can purchase a Single Class or enjoy a reduced rate by purchasing the full Workshop.

If you are not able to join live but wish to register, we will be recording the classes so you can also participate.

Tea is an essential aspect of Chinese culture and its profound and spiritual narrative has a secular ancestry. The more you learn, the more you will be drawn into an exuberant journey of delicious tastings and surprising flavours.

Workshop Online

Class One (May 1st at 11:00am) :

  • Introduction to chá(),the Chinese tea
  • Origin of tea in the world
  • 3 levels of tea drinking: health benefits, social get-together, spiritual journey
  • Differences between Chinese tea and Western teas
  • Bonus: tea poems recited by the teacher

Class Two (May 8th at 11:00am):

  • The tea ceremony table: items and its functions
  • What is Gongfu tea brew
  • Key elements of making a great cup of Chinese tea
  • Differences between Chinese tea ceremony and Japanese tea ceremony
  • Etiquette at the tea table
  • Why is it important to have your own tea set?

Class Three (May 15th at 11:00am):

  • The Geography of tea: where is it and where does it come from?
  • 3 types of tea plants
  • 6 major categories of Chinese tea (samples)
  • What is Pu-erh tea and why is it so popular?
  • How to store tea at home?

About the instructor:

Lillian Li is a young talent with a passion to pure teas and tea art. She was born and raised in a very traditional Chinese family in Beijing, China, and she is very keen on traditional Chinese culture. Her late grandfather is a reputable traditional Chinese medicine doctor who taught her Chinese culture and how to keep good health.

She went to a college focused on Chinese culture to learn tea tasting and tea arts and got the Certificate of Tea Tasting and Tea Ceremony (both at senior level). Lillian was among the top 12 in International Tea-brewing Contest in 2015. During the 13 years of practicing tea tasting and tea ceremony, she travelled to more than 40 countries, including major tea-growing regions in southern China, Taiwan, Japan, India and Sri Lanka.

After moving to Vancouver in 2016, she made up her mind to thoroughly dedicate towards tea aesthetics and to bring the purest teas, most traditional tea culture and a healthier lifestyle to North America.

A small service fee will be added to each ticket in order to provide the online purchasing service.

For any additional information, please email us at

For further reading Lillian recommends:

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

The Way of Tea by Aaron Fisher

Tao Te Chingby Lao Tzu

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer

The Spirit of Chinese People by Hung-ming Ku

The Classic Book of Tea by Lu Yu

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Carrall Street 578

Tickets for Saturday, May 1 2021


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