Cultural Symbols of China Vol 2: Tea, Magic Leaves

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About Author
Cheng Guoping 
Graduated from Zhejiang University, general manager of Wulongjiang Tea Factory. He used to be a lecture professor of tea in Zhejiang University and published a large number of articles on tea. 

Wu Fen 
Graduated from the Journalism Department of Fudan University, former director of the Economic Department of Beijing Evening News , and the chairman and editor-in-chief of Music Weekly. She has traveled through famous tea producing areas such as Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Yunnan, Shandong, Henan and Sichuan, and has hosted the tea column of Beijing Evening News.
Table of Contents
Preface 01
Chapter I Historical Origin of Chinese Tea
Section 1 Legend of the Origin of Tea 002
Section 2 Tea Plants Native to China 006
Section 3 From Tree Leaves to Tea Leaves 012
Section 4 Classicism of Tea Making in the Tang Dynasty 017
Section 5 Romantic Tea Whisking 022
Section 6 The Emergence of Loose Tea in the Ming Dynasty 029
Section 7 The Popularity of Tea Drinking 033
Section 8 Modern Tea Develops Apace 038
Chapter II Varieties of Chinese Tea
Section 1 iversity of Chinese Tea 044
Section 2 White Tea 048
Section 3 Green Tea 053
Section 4 Yellow Tea 060
Section 5 Dark-Green Tea 064
Section 6 Black Tea 068
Section 7 Dark Tea 072
Section 8 Scented Tea
Chapter III Chinese Tea ‘Walking'
Section 1 Eternal Tea ‘Tone' Despite Changes 082
Section 2 Longstanding Tea Trade 084
Section 3 Export of Chinese Tea to Japan 088
Section 4 Black Tea Conquers U.K. and then Other Parts of the World 092
Section 5 Process of Tea Globalization 099
Section 6 Chinese Tea that Plays an Important Role in Historical Events 106
Section 7 The Ancient Tea-Horse Trade Road with the Sound of Horse Bells.. 110
Chapter IV Chinese Tea for Enlightenment
Section 1 Charming Chinese Tea Ceremony 120
Section 2 Taste Zen in Tea 133
Section 3 Chinese Tea Ceremony: Tea Soothing 137
Section 4 ‘Once-in -a-Lifetime' of Japanese Tea Ceremony 140
Chapter V Interesting Chinese Tea Habits
Section 1 Colorful Tea Customs 150
Section 2 Diverse Tea Expertise 170
Section 3 Oriental Beauty Tea – Insects-Bitten Tea Tastes Better 178
Section 4 ‘Duck Excrement Fragrance' Tea 182
Section 5 The Legendary ‘White Cockscomb' Tea 184
Section 6 What is 1,000-liang Tea? 188
Section 7 Why a Pu'er Tea Cake Usually Weighs 357 Grams 190
Section 8 What is the ‘DNA' of Biluochun Tea? 193
Section 9 Why There is No Rock in Wuyi Rock Tea 196
Chapter VI The ‘Firsts' of Chinese Tea
Section 1 Earliest Tea Plantation in China - Mengding Mountain Imperial Tea Plantation 202
Section 2 First Tea Master in China and the First Tea Book in the World 206
Section 3 China's First Tributary Teahouse 211
Section 4 Tea Business – One of the Most Ancient Trades in China 213
A Brief Chinese Chronology 221
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Tea is hailed as a symbol of Chinese culture, a unique heritage, and also a special taste. The 5,000-year history of Chinese tea also reflects the profound history of Chinese culture. Like Chinese porcelain, clothing, architecture, gardens and delicacies, Chinese tea is inseparable from the social environment, cultural atmosphere, international exchanges and technological progress prevailing at any specific time. It not only affects and changes people's living habits and attitudes, but also has profound impact on the lifestyle of neighboring countries and those stretching along the Belt and Road network. 
Tea is China's business card to the world. The pronunciation of the word "tea" in other parts of the world is based on pronunciation of the local dialect of the word "tea" in the north and south of China. In the past few hundred years, the tea industry is one of the main businesses and trade commodity in many diverse countries. Portugal, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom successively dominated at sea. These maritime "big powers" all became deeply involved in the fragrant and soft Chinese tea that became an important worldwide commodity. 
The trade was once in the hands of powerful companies with strong political coloring, such as the East India Company operating across the vast distances of the East Indies. At that time, the largest trade commodity of the company was tea. Similarly, in the early days of the Establishment of the United States, the War of Independence had just ended and the Treasury was. It mainly relied on the trade of local American ginseng and Chinese tea and other bulk commodities to complete the original accumulation of capital. At present, in Boston, birthplace of the American independent movement, this is illustrated by the Boston Tea Museum. 
In addition to mineral water, the biggest beverage in the world market is Black Tea. However, in China, Black Tea is translated as "red tea". So why should this be so? When the British first saw the dark dry tea, they decided to call it Black Tea. Real Black Tea fermented with microorganism is dark in color, so is known as Dark Tea which, as such, could not attract consumers. Calling it red tea helped overcome market prejudice. 
Of course, the name of any kind of tea is just a symbol, and only taste can be quanti??ed by data. Therefore, the authors, in writing this book based it on science to re??ect reality. 
This work is based on the study and the tasting of numerous types of tea. 
The 5,000 years of tea history also involves many interesting stories related to historical ??gures and famous tea allusions, to show its importance in Chinese life. 

Zhao Shuxin 
September 28, 2020
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