Chinese Tea has a very long and complex history that dates back a few millennia. According to Chinese legends, a Chinese inventor and emperor was the first person to discover tea in 2737BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it so it would be clean, so that is what his servants did. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink, and a dead leaf from the wild tea bush fell into the water. It turned a brownish color, but it was unnoticed and presented to the emperor anyway. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) came into being. The Han Dynasty from 206BC–220AD used tea as medicine.
The Erya (chinese dictionary) records the first kind infusion with water and some kind of leaf in the Zhou Dynasty (from 1046-256BC) A writer in the Tang Dynasty called Lu Yu’s wrote 茶經. According to this book, at 760 CE, tea was widespread. He describes how tea plants were grown, how the leaves were processed and how tea was prepared as a beverage. Chin-Nung claimed to have said that:“Tea is better than wine, for it leadeth not to intoxication, neither does it cause a man to say foolish things and repent thereof in his sober moments.” Types of Chinese Tea:
Oolong or wulong, black tea/white tea, post-fermented tea and green tea. What is used to make Chinese Tea?: Some people use different cups and teapots. Here are a few:
* Gaiwan(large and small)
* Glass, porcelain teapot
* Kungfu Teapot (small and big)
* There are many different brewing methods which depend on the occasion or place that the tea is brewed. * The most informal method of brewing tea is the simple adding of leaves to a pot, and hot water. The more formal ways of brewing tea are the Chaou and gongfucha brewing methods. Customs of Chinese Tea:
* Chinese Tea in Weddings
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