Tea & Confucianism
Confucius (551 - 479 B.C.), the greatest philosopher in ancient China, and his student, Meng Zi established Confucianism. Emphasizing on the formality and ceremony between almost everything, Confucianism in whole re-disciplined and in a sense redefined the relationships between people by the behavior they must conduct.
Such concepts include Mercy, Commitment, Etiquette, Wisdom, and especially the "Gold Middle Way" suggesting Harmony and Balance.
Its complex structure of etiquette also influenced the creation of the tea etiquette and tea ceremony in China. From Confucius perspective, tea means harmony, calm, etiquette, and optimism.