When you think of ancient China, you
might think of tea.
Legend says ...
Around 2737 BCE, a Chinese Emperor was sitting his garden. He had a pot
of drinking water at his elbow. A leaf fell off a nearby bush and
drifted into the pot of water. And tea-drinking was born!
Word of this new beverage spread very
slowly. Confucius probably never tasted tea, and tea really didn't
become popular until T'ang times.
Tea drinking in ancient China never had
all the customs attached to it that became part of the Japanese tea
drinking ceremony, but tea was enjoyed. The selection of the right
teapot used to brew the tea was just as important as the selection of
the type of tea itself. Little packets of tea were given as gifts by
Emperors. The word t'e comes from the ancient Chinese.
of Chinese Tea
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