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Calligraphy + Ceremonial Tea Tasting

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 20 reviews.Foster City, United States

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Experience hosted by Chuhan

3 hours
Includes food, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Explore and taste ancient techniques

Calligraphy and tea are two ancient forms of arts and culture. My vision is to immerse guests in a unique cross-cultural experience that combines creating calligraphy with tasting artisan tea.
By embarking on a journey of using traditional Chinese ink and brush to create authentic calligraphy, and sipping artisan tea presented in a traditional ceremonial fashion, the guests will be able to draw inspiration from the ancient wisdom and find the zen sensations and inner peace.
We will first take a stroll around the Foster City Lagoon, a paradise for kayaking and windsurfing, to relax our minds and stimulate our creativity. Next, we'll embark on a journey of using brush and ink to create authentic calligraphy, and draw inspirations from the sensations and history of tea, while enjoying views of the beautiful lagoon. This is promised to be an unforgettable experience, and guests will be able to take home their individual calligraphy artwork, as well as knowledge of tasting tea like never before.
Explore and taste ancient techniques

Calligraphy and tea are two ancient forms of arts and culture. My vision is to immerse guests in a unique cross-cultural experience that combines creating calligraphy with tasting artisan tea.
By embarking on a journey of using traditional Chinese ink and brush to create authentic calligraphy, and sipping artisan tea presented in a traditional ceremonial fashion, the guests will be able to draw inspiration from the ancient wisdom and find the zen sensations and inner peace.
We will first take a stroll around the Foster City Lagoon, a paradise for kayaking and winds…

What's included

  • Food
    Artisan Chinese tea leaves from high elevation mountains, celadon pottery t...
  • Equipment
    Brush, ink, rice paper, writing mats and red ink paste - everything you'll...
From ₹4,995
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Chuhan

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 20 Reviews
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My husband and I come from families of professional calligraphy and tea tasting backgrounds. Our grandparents and parents have created a number of calligraphy masterpieces, many of which were sold in art auctions. We have been practicing Calligraphy since childhood using calligraphy brushes and ink to write on rice papers. As for tea, we regularly practice comparative tea tasting, with a framework of appreciating tea by its sweetness, tannins, body and finish based on terroir, picking time and elevation, delivered through a ceremonial tea station setting.
My husband and I come from families of professional calligraphy and tea tasting backgrounds. Our grandparents and parents have created a number of calligraphy masterpieces, many of which were sold in art auctions. We have been practicing Calligraphy since childhood using calligraphy brushes and ink to write on rice papers. As for tea, we regularly practice comparative tea tasting, with a framework of appreciating tea by its sweetness, tannins, body and finish based on terroir, picking time and e…
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Where you'll be

The experience will take place at a waterfront residence on the Foster City Lagoon, with view of water, wildlife and activities.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 20 reviews.

Arielle
October 2019
I really enjoyed my experience. I went alone but there were 4 other guest who signed up for the experience with me. I personally appreciate learning about new cultures and they really gave you a background and better understanding of things. The tea was delicious, they were very kind and welcoming, and my favorite part was practicing the calligraphy. I LOVE my Chinese name and the meaning behind it. The whole experience felt very thoughtful and well thought out. I left feeling like I would personally want to learn more about Chinese calligraphy in the future! Thanks for the experience!
I really enjoyed my experience. I went alone but there were 4 other guest who signed up for the experience with me. I personally appreciate learning about new cultures and they rea…
Arushi
August 2019
Chuhan and Charlie are amaZing. We felt super welcomed and their cats are really good too. It was a one of a kind experience and we learnt so much about the origins of tea and chinese characters. We have never had a good authentic tea and Charlie is a master of tea brewing . I never knew what is a white tea and Charlie and chuhan went out of their way to brew some for us. The whole ceremonial tea station setup is just so beautiful and calming. After that we took a walk around the lagoon and cleared our minds to begin with Calligraphy. We learnt of the origins of the characters, what are they called and how they have evolved over time. Its so beautiful to learn about a culture and its history. We practiced the basic characters and rhen proceeded to write on actual rice paper. The whole experience was very soothing and unique and at the end it felt like we were meeting friends for Tea. I would like to do this again with my friends and family.
Chuhan and Charlie are amaZing. We felt super welcomed and their cats are really good too. It was a one of a kind experience and we learnt so much about the origins of tea and chi…
Alp
January 2019
Chuhan and Charlie were great hosts and we really enjoyed our time. We learned a lot of things about the culture, history, calligraphy, and tea. We are thankful that they spare some time for us during their busy schedule. Overall, it was a great experience for myself and my wife.
Chuhan and Charlie were great hosts and we really enjoyed our time. We learned a lot of things about the culture, history, calligraphy, and tea. We are thankful that they spare som…
Sakshi
April 2018
Excellent class! It was a very educational experience in Chinese Culture. Starting with the beautiful tour of their location, Chuhan and Charlie showed us the neighborhood and the lagoon next to it. Following that was a wonderful tea session, where they told us about the different green teas and how they were picked. They even made us try a very fancy jasmine tea - one of the best I’ve ever had! We started the calligraphy session soon after, and learnt the basic strokes and then wrote our names on rice paper. They were very kind and explained the meaning of each character and how to draw them very patiently. My mom loved the concept of meanings behind names! We then wrote poems in Chinese too, ending with a lovely wine tasting. This is a very high quality experience, in a beautiful setting with lovely people. I highly recommend this to everyone! :)
Excellent class! It was a very educational experience in Chinese Culture. Starting with the beautiful tour of their location, Chuhan and Charlie showed us the neighborhood and the…
James
March 2018
We ran into a traffic issue and the host was more than compatible with us. The experience was lovely and I would gladly enjoy doing it again. The amount you learned from tea and wine was amazing. The writing part was fun to learn and we got to pick the names we wrote. Chuhan and Charlie were excellent host's and teachers. I would gladly do this experience again to learn more about all aspects of the experience.
We ran into a traffic issue and the host was more than compatible with us. The experience was lovely and I would gladly enjoy doing it again. The amount you learned from tea and wi…
Amy
February 2018
This was an exceptional experience. Chuhan and Charlie were amazing hosts. They are kind and down-to-earth. They were very personable and made sure everyone felt comfortable. They even remembered everyone's name which impressed me! This was my first time ever trying calligraphy and I'm hooked! I loved what I learned about tea & wine during the evening as well. They were very accommodating answering all of our questions throughout the time. We were all having so much fun we stayed more than an hour after the experience was meant to end. I was joining the experience solo and was joined by two other couples who came as a group. I enjoyed their company as well which also enhanced the entire experience. I will keep an eye on these hosts and hope to come back for an "advanced" class sometime in the future. Although, it would still be fun to join this class again for the practice and the company - along with the great tea and wine!
This was an exceptional experience. Chuhan and Charlie were amazing hosts. They are kind and down-to-earth. They were very personable and made sure everyone felt comfortable. They…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Suitable for all ages and all experience levels. Most of the activities are indoor.