AP English, Per 0
10 January 2013
Green tea is an essential part of people’s everyday life around the world; it is tasty and healthy but is that all there is to it? Most people in Europe and Asia prefer green tea over other beverages as it is light and energizing. China, where tea came from, is the center of green culture; Chinese people have much higher life expectancy due to living healthy and drinking green tea.
As many people know “the history of green tea began in China” (Learn all about the History of Green Tea). Some sources claim that there are references to green tea as far as 5000 year ago. It can be true because many ancient Chinese artists portrayed wealthy people drinking tea (Painting). Also tea in ancient China was a treat for the wealthy so it could’ve taken some time to develop.
There are two legends about where tea came from circulating the world. First one says “an old man accidently stepped on a fallen tea leaf and tasted its juices, he thought it tasted great and had some special properties” (Learn all about the History of Green Tea). Second one tells that an “Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea when a blossom fell in his cup” (Learn all about the History of Green Tea).With time tea became more than just a drink but a part of the Chinese culture.
Drinking tea wasn’t just about the tea, a whole new “tea art” was developed. “Tea and tea wares should match surrounding elements such as breeze, pines, bamboo, plums and snow. All there show harmony of human and nature” (Tea Culture). It is easy to understand why tea is so important once you come across a tea ceremony or read one if the many books about it.
In the painting you can see that wealthy people were drinking tea and the peasants were making it. The reason why only people of high class could afford tea is because the ceremony was a very complex practice which required pricy equipment and skilled laborers. A proper tea ceremony requires extensive... [continues]
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