Experiences and Classes

In addition to our seminars, public events, customized courses, and study programming, TBC often holds unique experiences open for the general public to register and attend. An important aspect of Chinese culture is being in tune with seasonality, so these classes are often not available year-round. Check out the list below of upcoming programs for advancing your intercultural connection. All classes will be conducted in English unless otherwise specified. 

A Taste of Spring: Tea Etiquette and Culture with Dr. Meng

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Time: 1:30pm – 4:30 pm

Cost: 119 RMB

The Tea Room, Ningyuan Building 4F, University of International Business and Economics, No. 10 Huixindongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing



Limited spaces available! Go beyond the basics with an in-depth class on the variations of Chinese tea culture around the country, lessons for what to do at tea ceremonies at home or work, how to brew springtime-specialty teas, and get an insight into the Chinese tea master community.

Exquisite flavors are at hand as you taste about a dozen types of fresh green tea harvested before the April 5th Qingming holiday. Long prized and held as incredibly valuable for their rarity, complex yet delicate tastes, and evocation of the spring season, the teas you will try from around China will take you on an exciting journey that welcomes in the sunlight of new beginnings.

Suitable for absolute beginners and those who already have knowledge of Chinese tea, participants will learn to discern flavor profiles of about a dozen types of green tea amongst The Beijing Center’s collection of tea varieties and historical treasures related to tea, and take home a gaiwan / 盖碗 of their own to use in future tea experiences. 

Dr. Cynthia Meng has taught Chinese tea and culture to both domestic and international audiences for over 15 years. She received her Ph.D from Soochow University, carried out post-doctoral studies at Tsinghua University, and in 2017 was a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her expertise in Chinese tea is grounded in her personal passion as well as her research in Chinese linguistics. Dr. Meng has honed her skills not only in tea appreciation, but also in tea evaluation, and is a certified tea evaluator.

Register for the class by submitting the form here and following the instructions to submit payment. Participation is not guaranteed until payment is received.  

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