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History of Tea

The History The Menghai Tea Factory,  Taetea (Dayi)

The History The Menghai Tea Factory, Taetea (Dayi)

Yunnan Taetea (Dayi) Group is one of the most well-known pu erh tea manufacturers in the world. The group owns several companies including the famous Menghai Tea Factory. Located in Xishuangbanna in the Southwest Yunnan the factory has been providing quality tea for over 70 […]

The History of Xiaguan Tuocha

The History of Xiaguan Tuocha

Yunnan Xiaguan Tuocha (Group) Co., Ltd. is a pu erh factory that’s prominent in the tea industry. The company is the result of a merger of many small factories in the Xiaguan district of Dali, Yunnan. The earliest company was established in 1902, meaning that […]

History of Haiwan Tea Industry

History of Haiwan Tea Industry

With a history of over a thousand years of tea cultivation, Yunnan has given rise to many famous tea professionals. Zou Bingliang and Lu Guoling are among the best of the generations of “tea people” (Cha Ren) in Yunnan. Since the 50‘s, Zou and Lu […]

History of Chinatea (Zhongcha/CNNP/COFCO) – Kunming Tea Factory

History of Chinatea (Zhongcha/CNNP/COFCO) – Kunming Tea Factory

As one of the four main Pu erh tea factories, Chinatea (Zhongcha), also known as China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import & Export Corporation (CNNP), has been through a series of significant changes. 1944 – The Yunnan Tea Corporation was founded on December 16. […]

The Five Great Kilns Of The Song Dynasty

The Five Great Kilns Of The Song Dynasty

The term “Five Great Kilns” (Chinese: 五大名窑, wu da ming yao) was first mentioned in a book of imperial collections of the Ming dynasty. It referred to the five kilns that were famous for their production of Chinese ceramics during the Song dynasty (960–1279). They […]

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

Traditional sheng pu erh tea can take years to age, before it developed this smooth and sweet flavour that tea lovers longed for. Yet, this wasn’t at all an issue in the early days. Men and horses transported the cakes by foot along the ancient […]

The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Official 8 Episodes Video Documentary

The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Official 8 Episodes Video Documentary

Watch all the episodes of this historical documentary on the tea horse road by CCTV/CNTV. All episodes are in Chinese, supplemented with English subtitles. The Ancient Tea Horse Road – Part 1 Resembling the famous Silk Road, the Ancient Tea Road located in southwestern China […]

Tea During The Tang Dynasty

Tea During The Tang Dynasty

In the early days, tea used to be consumed as a medicinal beverage. Tribes in the North Western regions of China boiled the tea until all the all flavour and nutritions were extracted. The resulting tea was bitter, and definitely not for pleasure. Instead, tea […]

The History Of The Word ‘Tea’

The History Of The Word ‘Tea’

The way we call tea in different regions of the world is influenced by the different pronunciations of the word ‘tea’ in Chinese as well as the power balance of different regions throughout history. 3 Ways Of Pronouncing Tea China has many ethnic groups and […]

Yixing: The City of Pottery

Yixing: The City of Pottery

Yixing is a city of artisans responsible for producing China’s most valued teapot. “A teapot is like a woman,” Meng Hao says, proudly holding a teapot she made. It’s small and plump, hued a deep orange-red coloured. She brushes her finger on the handle’s curvature from bottom […]