A Dream of Splendor, marking A-list star Liu Yifei's return to the historic theme, has quickly hooked millions of viewers.
The series features China's traditional tea acrobatics, an equivalent to coffee art, as one of its top draws.
Liu's role, a teahouse keeper, demonstrates dazzling skills of pouring tea or creating beautiful patterns on the surface of a cup of tea in some scenes.
Chinese tea culture started to enjoy popularity during the Tang Dynasty and flourished throughout the Song Dynasty,
when tea had become a necessity for almost everyone, from nobles and scholars to common people,
just like other indispensable items, such as rice, oil and salt, as suggested by Song politician and thinker Wang Anshi.
Different from the method of brewing tea during the Tang period, in the Song Dynasty, the prevalent way of having tea was through dian cha.
The process begins with hot water being poured over fine powdered tea creating a paste,
then more hot water is slowly added as the tea is constantly whisked by hand with a bamboo stick.
This action of pouring hot water is called dian, hence the name dian cha, which was listed as an intangible cultural heritage of Runzhou district, Zhenjiang city, Jiangsu province, in 2019.