Tea isn’t just a drink, it is a lifestyle. Tea can represent our culture, spirituality, traditions, pleasure and many more values. At any given time, millions of people enjoy tea all around the world. Today we’ll start a journey to explore different cultures, traditions and interesting information related to tea in different countries of the world.
Our first stop is China – the birthplace of tea.
History of Chinese tea
According to Chinese legend, tea was born in 2727 BC, when the Emperor Shen Nong was purifying water in the shelter of a tea tree, and several leaves blew into the pot. The resulting brew, of superb fragrance, color and taste, made the emperor rejoice. Tea soon became a daily drink in Chinese culture.
Tea in Chinese Culture
Tea is an important part of Chinese tradition. As Chinese society developed and progressed, tea production has played a role in driving economic development while tea consumption has remained a practice of daily life.
The practice of tea culture can bring the spirit and wisdom of human beings to a higher orbit. Tea has an extremely close relationship to Chinese culture, and its study covers a wide field and has very rich content. It not only embodies the spirit of civilization, but also the spirit of ideological form. There can be no doubt that it has been beneficial in enhancing people’s social accomplishments and appreciation of art.
Social importance of tea
Since its discovery, China has celebrated tea in numerous ways. It has taken the form of formal tea ceremonies and has an important part to play in social settings like family gatherings and wedding rituals. Today, it is an integral part of daily life, social events, and business transactions and in fact, the Chinese economy.
Medical use of tea
From the very beginning, the medicinal qualities of tea was revealed in China. In fact it was one of the major reasons for tea to become so popular in the region. For a long time tea had been used simultaneously as medication and as a beverage. The medicinal functions and health protection effects of tea were confirmed repeatedly by modern scientific researches. Even though tea has been using as a medicine for different health issues is China for a long time, the actual mechanisms of medicinal functions of tea were gradually revealed during the last several decades.
Popular types of tea in China
Almost all types of teas are consumed in China but the following types are most popular in the country: green tea, yellow tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea, dark tea or fermented tea and Pu’er tea.