Chinese Tea Party at the National Maritime Museum

By on Mar 18, 2012

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On Sunday 19th February we hosted our Chinese Tea Party in the Queens House at the National Maritime Museum.

This tea party was the final in a series of 4 that are part of the Traders Unpacked season of events, activities and workshops to mark the new permanent gallery  Traders: The East India Company and Asia at the Museum. This new gallery explores the history and continuing relevance of Britain’s trade with Asia, looking at this compelling story through the lens of the East India Company.

Artist and tea party hostess; Sadia Ur-Rehman opened the tea party with a short intro about tea drinking in China and the legend that tea originated there 5000 years ago. She talked about the East India Company and tea trade the company had with China. Guests were treated to a special Gong Fu tea ceremony delivered by Juyan Webster from the Chinese Tea Company based in Portobello.

Guests sampled authentic snacks to mark Chinese New Year and took part in the games and activities Sadia had set for the tea party. They even got to create a story set on a Chinese Trading Junk! Here are a selection of photos from the party:

Photo credits: Connie Taylor & Mikey Knott

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