Banqueting Table Manners 酒宴上的礼仪 Part5

倒茶

Serving the tea

首先,茶具要清洁。客人进屋后,先让坐,后备茶。冲茶之前,一定要把茶具洗干净。在冲茶、倒茶之前最好用开水烫一下茶壶、茶杯。这样,既讲究卫生,又显得彬彬有礼。如果不管茶具干净不干净,胡乱给客人倒茶,这是不礼貌的表现。

First of all, the tea set should be cleaned. After the guests enter, you should offer them a seat first, and then prepare tea. Before making and serving the tea, you must clean the tea set and had better scald the tea pot and tea cups. It is not only shows that you pay attention to matters of hygiene but that show you are also refined and courteous. Neglecting the cleanliness of the tea set and serving tea for the guests at random are impolite behaviors.

其次,茶水要适量。先说茶叶,一般要适当。茶叶不宜过多,也不宜太少。茶叶过多,茶味过浓;茶叶过少,冲出的茶没啥味道。

Secondly, the amount of tea shall be appropriate. First of all, the amount of tea leaves should be correct. Quantities of tea leaves should be neither too large or too few. If there are too many tea leaves, the taste of tea will be too strong. Alternatively, if the tea leaves are too few, the tea will have no flavor.

再次,端茶要得法。按照我国人民的传统习惯,要用双手给客人端茶。双手端茶也要很注意,对有杯耳的茶杯,通常是用一只手抓住杯耳,另一只手托住杯底,把茶端给客人。

Thirdly, the method of serving tea in cups should be proper. According to the traditional habits of Chinese people, you should serve the guest with a cup of tea with two hands. When serving with two hands, it is notable that cups with handles are usually held by the handle with one hand and the bottom of the cup is held with the other before serving.

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