The implied meaning of tea pet

The implied meaning of tea pet

by Brooke Davis April 25, 2016

The word “金蟾 (golden Toad)” is pronounced like the word “金钱(money)”in Mandarin Chinese. So this mythical creature Golden Toad is famous and best popular in China. The Jin Chan (金蟾) is most commonly translated as "Money Toad" or "Money Frog" for its implied meaning in Chinese culture, it is said that Jin Chan (金蟾) can help attract and protect wealth, and guards against bad luck.

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The secret of tea pet

The secret of tea pet

by Brooke Davis April 25, 2016

If you have been to China or drunk tea in a way of Chinese Gongfu style before, you’ve probably seen a kind of clay figures (most are simple animals) sitting on the end of the tea tray. These clay figures are known as “茶宠”(tea pet) in China.

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Morning tea in Guangzhou

Morning tea in Guangzhou

by Brooke Davis April 25, 2016

Different countries have different tea etiquettes and traditions. In China, the traditions are varied from city to city, every city has its own features and traditions. Here I’d like to introduce the morning tea in GuangZhou, the capital city of Guangdong province in South China.

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Evolution of Traditional Chinese Tea Processing

Evolution of Traditional Chinese Tea Processing

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

China is the homeland of tea plants and is accredited with having first introduced tea into daily life. In the beginning, people boiled fresh tea leaves then gradually leant to further process them for better taste and convenient storage. There were many innovations of tea making appeared during the long history of tea. In addition to tea plants species as well as its fresh leaves, the processing method also have direct influence on tea quality.

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The brief history of Chinese tea export

The brief history of Chinese tea export

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

From Song and Yuan dynasties (960 - 1368) to early stage of Ming dynasty(136 - 1644), the overall trade of Chinese tea is subject to government’s severe restrictions and develop slowly. Especially, around that timeaccording to the law anyone who smuggled Teas to other countries by ship could be sentenced to death. This kind of horrible storm hang over Chinese tea trade for years and did not disappeared until the Zheng He's Expedition to west sea from 1405 - 1433.

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Experience Chengdu - The Culture of Sichuan Tea House

Experience Chengdu - The Culture of Sichuan Tea House

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

As the hometown of tea, China owns a profound, continuous and time-honoured culture of tea. It is blended with the ideas of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. It especially presents the Confucian ideas of being clear, optimistic, warmhearted, kind and tolerate. And on the land of historical Sichuan, it bears a unique branch of Chinese tea culture – the Sichuan tea culture.

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Chinese Tea Culture – Taoism and Tea

Chinese Tea Culture – Taoism and Tea

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

In the time before Taoism is formed, tea was already inextricably connected with Taoist thoughts. Chinese people love tea, drink it for no special reason. Though they are deeply influenced by the traditional cultures, they drink tea for neither religion nor faith. The method of brewing tea is also naturally developed under long period experiences and habits.

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The Profound Culture of Tea in China

The Profound Culture of Tea in China

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

Tea, originally a kind of tree in south of China, is the contribution of ancient people in China south to Chinese cuisine culture and also the contribution of Chinese people to global cuisine culture. As a famous healthy drink, tea shares the name of three non-alcoholic beverages with cocoa and coffee, and is the top one of these three drinks.

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Monkey Legend - History of Tai Ping Hou Kui

Monkey Legend - History of Tai Ping Hou Kui

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

In the ancient times, on the beautiful Huangshan Mountain there lived an old monkey couple, who raised a little monkey. After the little monkey grew up, he went out alone to play. He wandered to Taiping County in the north of Huangshan, but suddenly heavy misty rose. The little monkey lost direction at the first time he went out, and never made to return home.

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The Chinese Tea History Generally

The Chinese Tea History Generally

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

The history of Green Tea dates back to the 8th century, when the method of steaming the leaves to inhibit their oxidation was discovered. In the 12th century a new frying method of “fixing the leaves" was introduced. Both of these processes resulted in teas that have the characteristic un-oxidized taste and appearance to modern green teas, and both processes are still in use today. Since those early days, as the popularity and production of green tea increased the methods of producing green tea have continuously evolved and improved.

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The History of the Chinese Traditional Ceremony Gongfu Tea - Long Pot

The History of the Chinese Traditional Ceremony Gongfu Tea - Long Pot

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

The long pot, a traditional chinese featured teapot, is named by the long lenth of its spout, aslo called long spout copper pot, long spout pot, long stream pot and so on. Most of them are made of copper.

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Chinese Tea History Part Ⅴ - The History of Taiwanese Teas

Chinese Tea History Part Ⅴ - The History of Taiwanese Teas

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

Over three hundred years ago, the first wild tea trees were discovered in Taiwan.  However these trees which were found in the wild were not grown on an estate or grown specifically for consumption as most teas are nowadays.  Only two hundred years ago, Taiwanese people took tea trees from the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian province to Taiwan and planted them in the North of Taiwan.

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The Spread of Tea Across the World

The Spread of Tea Across the World

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

Tea as we know it today originated in China. The ancient Chinese discovered the tea plant and its uses, which began as medicinal uses then evolved into recreational use where they began making tea solely for the pleasure of drinking and storing it for consumption.

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Chinese Tea History Part Ⅲ - White Tea History

Chinese Tea History Part Ⅲ - White Tea History

by Brooke Davis April 21, 2016

White tea is famous for the fine white “pekoe” hairs that cover its leaves, it's green-gray colored leaf buds and pale yellow-green colored tea with a subtle, sweet flavor.  Considered the pinnacle of teas in China, it is mainly produced in the Fuding, Zhenghe, Songxi and Jianyang areas of Fujian province.  Produced without any rolling or roasting, it is unique in its taste and appearance.

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Chinese Tea History Part Ⅳ - Oolong Tea History

Chinese Tea History Part Ⅳ - Oolong Tea History

by Brooke Davis April 21, 2016

Oolong tea, named after its creator, is a Chinese tea with unique and distinctive characteristics, produced mainly in Fujian and Guangdong, as well as Taiwan.  The most famous Chinese teas include Tieguanyin, Dahongpao, Phoenix Narcissus, White Crest, Phoenix Bush and Iron Lohan, while the most well know of Taiwanese Oolong's include Dongding, Wenshan Pouchong and Oriental Beauty.  Taiwanese Oriental Beauty is also well known as Formosa Tea, or – because of its abundance of white pekoe – White Tipped Oolong Tea.

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Chinese Tea History Part Ⅰ - Green Tea History

Chinese Tea History Part Ⅰ - Green Tea History

by Brooke Davis April 20, 2016

The use of tea leaves probably first originated in the southwest ‘area of China more than 3,000 years ago, and was likely initially used by people just for chewing and eating, in just the same way that coffee was first used by people eating the beans directly in Ethiopia.  Over time, the use of leaves and buds from the tea tree gradually expanded as people began to use in cooking and when added to boiling water to flavor the water they drunk.

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Chinese Tea History Part Ⅱ - Black Tea History

Chinese Tea History Part Ⅱ - Black Tea History

by Brooke Davis April 20, 2016

China is the birthplace of black tea, which in China is called, perhaps more appropriately, hong cha – red tea – after its the red colored tea it usually produces.  It's history in China can be traced back to the late Ming Dynasty, around the year 1590, when the first black tea – Lapsang Souchong – was produced in the area around Wuyi Mountain in Fujian province.  This high mountainous area was called Lapsang and the small leaf tea trees Souchong – hence the name.  Today China's best and most well known black teas include Fujian Lapsang Souchong, Fujian Minhong, Anhui Keemun,Yunnan Dianhong, Guangdong Yingteh and Sichuan Mabian Gongfu black teas.

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