Tea meets wine on Chinese Language Day


An educational partnership between China and South Africa on April 19 brought Chinese tea culture to Groot Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest wine farm, to promote cultural exchange and celebrate the International Tea Day. the Chinese language.

Making tea and wine share similarities in that they both require dedication, hard work and skill, which is why the Confucius Institute of Chinese Medicine at the University of the Western Cape organized a tea in a cellar to stimulate exchanges between the two cultures, said the director of the institute. Zeng Liren, while preparing Chinese green tea for visitors.

International Chinese Language Day has been observed on April 20 every year since 2010, celebrating the language’s contribution to the world while encouraging more people to learn it. April 20 marks guyu, “grain rain” or “millet rain” in Chinese. Guyu is the sixth of the 24 solar terms of the traditional lunar calendar, the day when farmers start sowing.

Zeng, who is also a tea expert, explained that tea growers in China produce one of the highest quality green teas around “grain rain”, which is another reason for the event. tea. The organizer provided Chinese tea of ​​five major categories, including fresh green tea, and also introduced the tea knowledge and programs offered by the institute. Ethnic costumes were also featured at the event.

“You can enjoy tea here today or have a nice wine tasting, or have delicious wine pairings here, so it just adds to the cultural experience. I think it’s a good idea,” said said the winery’s marketing assistant, Karen Woodcock.

It was a beautiful cultural event, she said, adding that ties between East and West, as well as between South Africa and China, go back centuries.

The longtime Groot Constantia staff member said the wine farm, established in 1685, wanted to remain authentically South African, but would like to add knowledge of Chinese culture, which is part of its history, as its mansion has a lot furniture and Chinese objects.

She also hopes that more wines from the winery will be exported to China.

“During the (tea) tasting, they told us about additional values, quality, background history and I thought it was very interesting. And I think it also reflects everything about Chinese culture, so I have to say the whole experience, the tea tasting, is lovely, absolutely divine,” said Dylan Matthew Smith, 21, from Stellenbosch University near Cape Town.

Across South Africa, various activities have been planned for this year’s International Chinese Language Day. They were hosted by the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and organized by Chinese-speaking organizations.


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