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Chinese Tea Culture

Tea Garden in Guzhang County,West HunanChiense Tea,known as "茶chá" in Chinese, is a beverage made from the leaves of tea plants (Camellia sinensis) and boiled water. Tea leaves are processed using traditional Chinese methods. Chinese tea is consumed throughout the day, including during meals, as a substitute for plain water, for health, or for simple pleasure.Tea originated in southwestern China, where it was used as a medicinal drink.It was popularized as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty, and tea drinking spread to other East Asian countries. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to the West during the 16th century.During the 17th century, drinking tea became fashionable among Britons, who started large-scale production and commercialization of the plant in India to bypass a Chinese monopoly at that time...More Read.   Chinese Tea Wares  Chinese Tea Brewing    Types of Chinese Tea

Chinese Tea History

China is the home country of tea. Before the Tang Dynasty, Chinese tea was exported by land and sea, first to Japan and Korea, then to India and Central Asia and, in the Ming and Qing dynasties, to the Arabian Peninsula. In the early period of the 17th century, Chinese tea was exported to Europe, where the upper class adopted the fashion of drinking tea. Chinese tea—like Chinese silk and china—has become synonymous worldwide with refined culture. At the heart of the art of tea—the study and practice of tea in all its aspects—is the simple gesture of offering a cup of tea to a guest that for Chinese people today is a fundamental social custom, as it has been for centuries. China traces the development of tea as an art form to Lu Yu, known as "the Saint of Tea" in Chinese history, who lived during the Tang Dynasty and who wrote The Book of Tea, the first ever treatise on tea and tea culture. The spirit of tea permeates Chinese culture, and throughout the country there are many kinds of teas, teahouses, tea legends, tea artifacts and tea customs. 

Better-known places to enjoy a good cup of tea in China include Beijing noted for its variety of teahouses; Fujian and Guangdong provinces and other places in the southeast of China that serve gongfu tea, a formal serving of tea in tiny cups; the West Lake in Hangzhou, also the home of the Tea Connoisseurs Association, noted for its excellent green tea; and provinces in southwest China like Yunnan where the ethnic groups less affected by foreign cultures retain tea ceremonies and customs in original tea-growing areas.

Ancient Tea Horse RaodLu Yu and his Book " Cha Jing"Tea House in Ancient Times
    Ancient Tea Horse Road  Lu Yu and ""the Saint of Tea"     Tea House in Ancient Times

Top 10 Chinese Tea

China is considered the home of tea. Chinese tea had begun to be exported to Japan and Korea before the Tang Dynasty (618-907). In the early period of the 17th century, Chinese tea was exported to Europe.The tea from China is in great abundance and variety. To tell if a pot of tea is nice you can mainly rely on the color, smell, taste and form. According to these principles we selects 10 of the most excellent from the whole of the country. Read More: 

Longjing Tea in HangzhouJunshan Yinzheng Tea in YueyangBiluochun Tea in SuhzouMaofeng Tea in HuangshanTieguanyin Tea in Fujian
Longjing TeaJunshan Yinzheng TeaBiluochun TeaHuangshan Maofeng Tieguanyin Tea
Dahongpao Tea in Wuyishan,FujianGuapian Tea in Lu'an. AnhuiPuer Tea In YunnanYunwu Tea in LushanGuzhang Maojian Tea in Hunan
Dahongpao Tea Lu'an Guapian TeaPu'er TeaLushan Yunwu TeaGuzhang Maojian Tea

Chinese Tea Culture

Tea CultureDrinking tea:Tea is taken as a beverage to quench thirst.

Tasting tea: The quality of the tea is judged by the color, fragrance and flavor of the tea, the water quality and even the tea set. When tasting tea, the taster should be able to savor the tea thoroughly.

Tea art: While drinking attention is paid to environment, atmosphere, music, infusing techniques and interpersonal relationships.

Tea lore: Philosophy, ethics and morality are blended into tea activity. People cultivate their morality and mind, and savor life through tasting tea, thereby attaining joy of spirit.Chinese tea lore is several hundred years, possibly even thousands of years, older than that of Japan. It is said that Chinese tea lore places an emphasis on spirit and makes light of form. Tea lore had different representations at different historical periods. Teas are also various, but all embody the tea spirit of “clearness, respect, joy and truthfulness".

Tea CultureManners of Chinese Tea Drinking

"When a guest comes to my home from afar on a cold night, I light bamboo to boil tea to offer him." — Ancient Chinese poem. There are also detailed requirements of the drinkers. Meanwhile, with the popularization of tea, people in different regions and of different nationalities developed their own unique customs of taking tea. In Guangdong, for example, people like drinking morning tea, in Fujian they prefer Kongfu tea, Hunan has Lei tea, Sichuan people love “covered-bowl tea”, while people of the Bai nationality treat their guests with “Three-Course Tea”. Tibetan people prefer buttered tea and those from Inner Mongolia like milk tea. These various tea customs constitute the rich and profound Chinese tea culture.

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ea enjoys a history of over 3,000 years in China. In ancient times, Chinese tea was transported to Europe through the Silk Road. Now, due to the convenient transportation, tea has been spread worldwide and people from all over the world have known tea.China is the homeland of tea, and tea drinking is popular in virtually every part of the country.Tea drinking is popular all over China and different areas have their favorite types. With a long  history and culture of tea-drinking, Chengdu, Shanghai,Beijing,Chongqing,Hangzhou, Taibei,HongKong,Guangzhou,Wuhan,Nanjing are selected the top 10 Chinese Tea Culture Cities... Read More: Top 10 China's Tea Culture Cities

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