During the Tang dynasty drinking tea became part of the culture. It's popularity grew with the invention of printing. We began the history co-op by watching a Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.
Pouring the hot water into the pot, then into the cups, and dumping it out is actually a very important science lesson. This was done for two reasons. Boiling water serves as a sanitizer by killing germs. It also warms up the pot and cups so the tea stays hot longer. If the tea were poured directly into the cold pot, the heat would transfer from the tea into the pot, thus making the tea cold. Since hot water is poured in first, it warms the pot. Then when the tea is put into the pot it is in direct contact with a warm pot instead of a cold one and therefore stays hot longer.
Wood block printing was invented during the Tang Dynasty. A page would be carefully carved into a wooden block and then the image from the page could be recreated over many times through inking the wood block and pressing paper on top of the wood.
The kids had a chance to create their own wood printing blocks.
Empress of China: Wu Ze Tian which was about the only female emperor of China. She ruled first through her husband and then through her son during the Tang dynasty. It was an interesting picture book which we easily read in one sitting.
To see our other Ancient China activities please visit our history page.
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