Yixing clay teapot, embodying the essence of Chinese tea art
Yixing clay teapot or Zisha pot (literally means purple sand pot) is considered a precious piece of traditional Chinese tea art with a history of more than 2400 years. Yixing clay is baked at lower temperature than porcelain. It is unglazed. All of the teapots look much the same to untrained eyes -...
Silver Needles, highly admired in China
Silver Needles is a famous kind of China’s white tea growing in Fujian Province. Silver Needles Tea is amongst the finest and most representative of white teas. It has been described as “ideal” and “elegant”. For the coastal province of Fujian there is an old tradition, local people believe ...
Longjing Tea, Imperial Tea in China
Longjing Tea, a famous kind of green tea in China, grows in the West Lake scenery mountain areas covered with abundant trees. Longjing Tea is amongst the finest and most representative of green teas. It has been described as the “ideal” beverage for “quiet, contemplative times”. The name Long...
Pu’er Tea, the Drinkable Antique
Pu’er or Pu-erh Tea is a kind of dark tea found mainly in China’s Yunnan Province. There are many types of dark teas in other provinces of China. Those produced in Yunnan Province are generally called Pu'er, referring to the name of Pu'er County which used to be an important stop of the "Tea-hors...
Chinese Tea Sets
With its long and complex history, Chinese tea culture has evolved its own unique cultural characteristics. And traditional Chinese tea sets play a significant role in the forming of Chinese tea culture. Different equipment and tools may be used in Chinese tea service. Components of Chinese Tea S...
Tibetan Tea Culture
"We can eat nothing except drinking tea." For hundreds of years, Tibetans have developed the habit of sipping tea. Source of tea Although tea is, for Tibetans, indispensable, Tibetan-inhabited areas produce almost no tea at all. This is why, for instance, Tibetan horses were used to trade for te...
The Best Dragon Well Tea
The best Dragon Well tea is gathered several days before Qingming Festival (Pure Brightness Festival) when new twigs have just begun to grow and carry "one leaf and a bud". In the old days Dragon Well tea of this grade was meat solely for the imperial household; It was, therefore, known as "tribute...