Oct 15, 2015

China; The Birthplace of Tea

Tea, is one of the most popular beverages in the world and we have China to thank for that. In China tea consumption is a practice of daily life. According to legend tea was discovered many centuries ago by Shen Nung whose name means Divine Farmer. Shen Nung who was a Chinese Emperor always liked to drink his water boiled because he felt that boiled water was cleaner. While on a distant trip, Emperor Shen Nung stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for the emperor to drink and dried leaves from a nearby bush fell into the boiling water and a brown substance was infused into the water. Being a scientist Emperor Shen Nung tried the liquid and found it to taste very refreshing. Thus tea (cha) was created in 2737 BC.

Originally tea leaves were processed into compressed cake forms. The dried teacake (called brick tea) was ground in a stone mortar. Hot water was added to the powdered tea cakes and was boiled in earthenware kettles than consumed as a hot beverage. Then in the mid 13-century the Chinese learned to process tea differently. Tea leaves were roasted which allowed them to become loose teas and brewed teas.

Tea Varieties


Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Post Fermented Tea, Scented Tea, Yellow Tea, White Tea



Top Tea Producing Regions in China


Anhui, China

Guangxi, China
Henan, China
Hubei, China
Hunan, China
Jiangsu, China
Sichuan, China
Zhejiang, China

China, is the birthplace of tea and tea can be enjoyed in many different ways all over the world.

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In China, a tea house (chaguan) is where people gather to chat, socialize, and enjoy tea. 


Chinese Travel Tours

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