Chinese tea is the origin of a drink that has spread throughout the world, since the export of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) which began over 2000 years ago. In China, tea has developed its own culture and it is common to offer a cup to guests as a sign of courtesy and respect.
Without a doubt, tea is one of the three most important drinks in the world along with coffee and cocoa. The great love shown by the Chinese people for tea justifies the essential role this infusion plays in everyday life. A good reflection of this custom is the usual offering of a cup of Chinese tea to the guests as a sign of courtesy and respect, which is why tea is no longer considered simply a drink but has developed its own culture.
China, the origin of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) from which the infusion comes, was the first country to develop tea from this bush a drink that has spread throughout the world. Thousands of years ago, tea plants were located in various southern Chinese provinces, such as Yunnan, Guizhou or Sichuan, where the ancient tradition of making buds or tea leaves is still preserved. Other countries, where this plant is also grown, have directly or indirectly introduced seeds or sprouts from China, as well as the techniques of trimming and making their leaves, in order to develop their own production of tea leaves.
Different Varieties Of Chinese Tea
Xihu Longjin (Dragon Well) Chinese Tea
This green tea from the town called Longjin, on the outskirts of Hangzhou, in the southern province of Zhejiang, stands out for its color, aroma, flavor, and appearance. Also, the water with which it is made is a fundamental condition that affects the quality of tea. Thus, a perfect combination would be Longjin Chinese tea with Hupao water (Well of the Tiger Runner).
It is the Chinese tea from Dongting Mountain, which is located near Wuxian Tai Lake, in Jiangsu Province. Biluochun tea has fresh green color and a similar shape to snails (hence the origin of its name). Once the boiled water has been poured, the tea leaves spread like clouds in the cup. This is along with a light aroma that spreads rapidly.
Guanyin Anxi Chinese Tea
It is a variety from Anxi, south of Fujian province. It belongs to the Wulong tea family. Its smell is also reminiscent of that of orchids, but its flavor is stronger. Its preparation requires a specific type of teapot. Order must be followed to take it: first, you have to aspirate its aroma and then drink the liquid. The Wulong variety has special functions to improve health and highly appreciated cosmetic properties.
It has its origin in the Yellow Mountain of the province of Anhui. It has a thin and crushed shape like the tongue of birds. The smell of this tea resembles that of orchids and its taste is sweet.