Sunday, 14 February 2021 (Incorporating the “Chinese Valentine’s Day)
Location: Chinatown Square, Cohen Place; Little Bourke Street
Free entry when you visit the Chinese Museum on Sunday, 14 February 2021.
Five floors of Chinese Australian History dating back 200 years. Exhibitions about the Han Dynasty, Tea Heaven (about the culture of tea) and the home of Dai Loong.
Emperor Shennong, whose name means the Divine Farmer, is considered as the ancient Chinese Father of Agriculture. According to Chinese legend, he was sitting under a Camelia tree when a leaf floated down into a pot of boiling water. Intrigued by the fragrance, Shennong took a sip and found it refreshing – he is honoured with the discovery of tea in 2737BC! This exhibition follows the evolution of tea through the dynasties. It shows the evolution of the tea process, the history of the tea trade and the variety of teas grown and the history of tea grown around China.
Tea Culture – the refined art of preparing and drinking Chinese tea will also be explained, with a display of teawares – the implements required to undertake the ceremony Includes a teapot exhibition, tea ceremony, traditional music and tea tasting.