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Chinese Tea Culture

  1. 1. Chinese Tea Culture By Tina Zhu, CL-2
  2. 2. The Origin of Tea • Legend that Emperor Shennong boiled water to drink (2737 BC) • Tea leaves fell from bush close by into water • Shennong drank it and liked it
  3. 3. Daily Life • Still part of Chinese daily life • National drink • Most popular drink after water
  4. 4. The Art of Tea • Lu Yu‟s book “The Classic Art of Tea”, 8th century • Picking, brewing, serving, tasting
  5. 5. The Art of Tea (Cont.) • Environment/ atmosphere • Teahouses • Teapots Yixing Zisha (purple- sand) clay teapot
  6. 6. Tea Customs • Customarily offered to guests • Shows respect • Serious apologies, gratitude • Tradition
  7. 7. Believed Benefits • Refreshes mind • Relieves headaches, dizziness, sleepiness • Antioxidant • Aids immune system • Improves digestion • Prevents cancer
  8. 8. Types of Chinese Tea • Thousands of tea types • 5 main types • Green tea Unfermented, „raw‟ o Longest history, most o popular in China Green leaves, liquid o mostly clear, tinted with green Longjing (Dragon Well) in West o Lake, Hangzhou; color, fragrance, flavor and shape
  9. 9. Types of Chinese Tea • Black (red) tea Fermented before o baking Easy to transport o Popular with o Westerners Red in color, o thicker in flavor
  10. 10. Types of Chinese Tea • Oolong tea Moderately o fermented Between green and o black tea Mellow taste o Said to make you o fitter
  11. 11. Types of Chinese Tea • White tea Picked and harvested o when leaves are still buds Light aroma/color o Rare, expensive o • Scented tea o Flowers + tea leaves o Osmanthus, plum, and jasmine
  12. 12. Trade • Drove economy in ancient times • China = main (and first) producer • Major export • Spread across the world
  13. 13. Sources • http://www.chinateahub.com/ • http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/cuisine_drink/tea/ • http://www.chcp.org/tea.html • http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-tea/ • http://www.chinavista.com/experience/tea/tea.html • http://www.index-china-food.com/index-china-food/tea-culture.htm • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_tea_culture • http://www.shen-nong.com/eng/lifestyles/chinese_tea_health.html Images: • http://happyhomemaker88.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/chinese-green-tea.jpg • http://www.flickr.com/photos/charliesiebert/115607189/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinette/2864283985/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriscav/1192867568/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanoftea/2969685991/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/i_travel_east/3185573232/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/photomato/2074641949/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/38159369@N00/805303049/ • http://picasaweb.google.com/jim.aarons/Sydney#5150305553948404194 • http://www.flickr.com/photos/iceler/116149007/ • http://exposingchineseancestorworship.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html • http://www.periyartigerreserve.info/teaplantation.html

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