Tea, chá in Chinese language, is a typical beverage in China. And most of people consider that tea is generated from China and the habit of drinking tea in other countries is also spread from China. Due to the various benefits of drinking tea, more and more people tend to choose tea as a daily beverage instead of coffee and cocoa. Today we will introduce 10 popular Chinese tea in this post.
10. Keemun Black Tea (祁门红茶)
Keemun Black Tea, as a famous black tea, is grown in Qimen county located in the southeast of Anhui. As the warm climate, fertile soil and adequate rail, the tea grown here is highly-qualified, especially in August. Different from Pu-erh tea, it is easily to hurt your stomach if you drink Keemun Black Tea with wrong methods. For example, the tea newly-culled from the tree is harmful for those whose stomach functions not very well.
9. Emei Camellia（峨眉山茶）
Emei Camellia is a kind of green tea grown in Emei mountain, Sichuan province. It is recorded with a history of over 3000 years. On the basis of advantageous environment, abundant tea resources and long history of religion, the tea is embedded with wide varieties.
8. Pu-erh Tea (普洱茶)
Pu-erh is a kind of dark tea that is grown in Yunnan province of China. Dating back to 3000 years ago, people had used it as a tribute, but it was not named Pu-erh at that time.
Due to different compress methods, it displays in various shapes and colors, like green, black, yellow, dark and white. Except for the function of preventing decrepitude, losing weight and diminishing inflammation, it is an excellent choice if you are suffering gastrosis.
7. Wuyi Da Hong Pao (武夷大红袍)
Da Hong Pao is praised as “the King of Rock Tea” thanks to its mellow taste and elegant fragrance. It is mainly grown in Wuyi mountain, Fujian province. Besides, it can be found in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
As for its name, there are two prevalent versions. One is that the leaves of it looks as red as fire. The other is more legendary. It was said that there was a young man who was on his way to attend the examination, but fell ill halfway. Then he was treated with the tea. So he put his red coat on the tea tree after becoming the champion of the exam to express his appreciation. That’s why it is named Da Hong Pao. Similar to other teas, Da Hong Pao can be used to prevent cancer, dermatophytosis and lower blood lipid.
6. Lushan Yunwu (庐山云雾)
Lushan Yunwu is a kind of green tea from Mount Lu of Jiujiang, Jiangxi province. It can be tracked back to over 1000 years. The name of Yunwu tea is related to Mount Lu’s foggy conditions. In the ancient times, Yunwu tea is usually offered to emperors as a tribute due to its gentle and last sweetness.
5. Huangshan Maofeng (黄山毛峰)
Huangshan Maofeng is a green tea grown in the area of Mount Huang, Anhui province. It is initially produced in Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). And it is generally culled during the period od Tomb-sweeping Day. It is a little curled in shape and yellow green in color.
Mount Huang tea can be traced back to the Tang dynasty in 1200 years ago. And Maofeng tea is best harvested in the early Spring. Due to its unique processing technique, Maofeng is green in color with delicate and refreshing fragrance.
4. Dongting Biluochun (洞庭碧螺春)
Biluochun tea is a traditional type of tea and synonymous with green tea. It has recorded with history of over 1000 years. It is mainly planted in Lake Taihu area of Suzhou, Jiangsu province. In Tang dynasty, it is generally used as a tribute. As it is usually harvested in early Spring, it is named Biluochun. It is renowned for its delicate shape, floral aroma and sweet taste.
3. Guizhou Lubaoshi (贵州绿宝石)
Lubaoshi, one of top three famous teas in Guizhou province, is synonymous with green tea. It is a new type of tea created by Mr. Mou, an expert proficient in teas, in 2003. It is said that the flavor still lingers even after seven-times boiled. To make Lubaoshi tea, you can use both boiling water and cold water. As for the detailed steps to make it, you can search it in the Internet.
2. Anxi Tie Kuan Yin(安溪铁观音)
Tie Kuan Yin, originated in Anxi county, Fujian province in the 18th century, is a representative type of oolong tea. It is famous for its function preventing decrepitude, cancer, arteriosclerosis, diabetes and its benefits of losing weight. Besides, it can be also used to cure dermatophytosis, bad breath and protect hair.
Based on its taste and the principal of Chinese government, Tie Kuai Yin can be divided into two different types: one with delicate fragrance and the other with strong flavor. To keep it well, you need to put it in a can in cool and hermetically-sealed environment.
1. West Lake Dragon Well Tea (西湖龙井)
Dragon well tea, also named longjing, is the No.1 tea brand of top 10 Chinese teas. It is a type of green tea from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Longjing tea has a history of over 1200 years and its origin can be traced back to Tang dynasty. Due to its green color, long-lasting fragrance, beautiful shape and sweet taste, it is incredibly well-known around the world.
The most famous varieties of West Lake Dragon Well Tea include Dafo Longjing, Shifeng Longjing and Meiwu Longjing. They are planted in different areas of Hangzhou and have different features. For example, Dafo Longjing is planted in Xinchang, with long-lasting and strong flavor. Shifeng Longjing is planted in Longjing village with light yellow color. Meiwu Longjing is planted in Yunqi and Meijiawu with smooth shape and emerald color.
Drinking tea has a lot of benefits, but there are still some matters that you should pay attention to. First, never use tea to take pills. Second, never drink tea before or after taking pills. Third, ginseng can’t be taken with tea. Fourth, tea can’t be drunk before or after meals. Fifth, young girls had better not drink tea.