Ya’an, China, is home to some of the country’s best tea. It’s also home to the amazing long spout tea performers. This performance art, which dates back to 220 AD, mixes Kung Fu and the long spout metal teapot.
Liu Xumin is a tea performer who has spent years mastering this ancient art form. His hope, he says, is to “achieve the integration of tea pot and human, of heaven and human, and of tea and human.”
Swift, graceful and extremely precise, he turns tea-brewing into a performance art. Yes, those kettles are filled with hot water.
It takes years of martial arts and gymnastics training, not to mention intricate understanding of tea leaves and brewing.