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Questions to ponder

  1. The tea drinking culture has existed in China for thousands of years. Why do you think it can last for so long? Try to analyse the question from the perspectives of heritage preservation, economic development, and social needs. (You may refer to the sections "Who drinks tea?" and "How did tea get to the other parts of the world?" for reference)

  2. Because of globalisation, we are exposed to many foreign culinary trends. We have adopted many of such trends (e.g. keeping in touch with what is trendy in Japanese and Taiwanese dining), and many foreign food items have since become available in the local market. Coffee and red wine drinking, for example, have long been integrated by the Chinese into their daily lives. Under this environment, what are the challenges in preserving traditional tea drinking customs? And what are the values in keeping the Chinese tea culture alive? (You may refer to the section "Who drinks tea?" for reference)

  3. Do you think the traditional tea culture is in conflict with the modern way of living? Please elaborate your views based on your reflections of the Hong Kong way of city living. (You may refer to the sections The evolution and development of tea house in Hong Kong and Who drinks tea? for reference)

  4. The Museum of Tea Ware used to be the residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong, and is one of the oldest surviving colonial buildings in Hong Kong today. The building was converted for museum use through a process called adaptive reuse. What are the pros and cons of reusing historical buildings for public purposes? Please explain your reasons. (You may refer to the section "Museum of Tea Ware", and "Living Archi Central", the Liberal Studies teaching kit produced by the Architectural Services Department, for reference.)

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