Sip­ping from ‘chicken cup’ causes In­ter­net flurry

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

A cen­turies-old dou­cai “chicken cup” be­came a hot topic on the In­ter­net when Shang­hai bil­lion­aire Liu Yiqian took a sip of tea from the relic that he bought for $36 mil­lion.

Pho­tos of Liu emerged af­ter he had trav­eled to Hong Kong to col­lect the porce­lain cup he pur­chased at a Sotheby’s auc­tion in April. Be­fore the cup’s trans­fer on July 18, Liu paid the bill by credit card, swip­ing the card 24 times with each pass de­duct­ing $1.5 mil­lion from his ac­count.

“The cup car­ries too many sto­ries and when I got it in my hand, I just poured some tea in­side and drank it up with­out even wip­ing it,” Liu Yiqian told the press. “I just couldn’t help my­self.”

When Liu was shown drink­ing from the cup, some ne­ti­zens went on the In­ter­net and said it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate and dis­re­spect­ful to the relic.

Not every­one agreed. A porce­lain spe­cial­ist from Sichuan said, “There are cheap porce­lains and ex­pen­sive ones, but they are all for peo­ple to use. Liu has well ap­pre­ci­ated the orig­i­nal func­tion of the chicken cup by ac­tu­ally drink­ing tea.” (Photo 5)

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