The Chinese Tea History
Tea is among the world’s oldest and most revered beverages. It is today’s most popular beverage in the world, next to water. Tea drinking has long been an important aspect of Chinese culture. Tea was first discovered as a medicine in ancient China. Initially, people chew the fresh tea leaves, and then learnt to decoct the leaves and drank the soup.
In Tang Dynasty, Lu Yu’s Cha Jing started the prosperous time of tea. In Tang Dynasty, tea trees were planted all over the country. Monks from Japan brought some tea seeds back to their country when travelling to China. From then on, tea was spread to Japan, and was gradually known by the world. Later on , Scented tea , roasted tea and crafting methods were developed. Nowadays, tea can be classified into six species:
Green tea, White tea, Yellow tea, Oolong tea, Black tea & Puerh tea.