Chinese Tea History
According to Chinese legend tea was discovered by Shennong in 2737 BCE. It is said that whilst sitting under a tea waiting for his servant to boil some water, some leafs fell into the water turning the water into a brown color. Without noticing it the emperor drank the tea and found it refreshing and since then tea has been in existence.
The infamous writer of the book "The Classic of Tea" Lu Yu, Chinese tea has a history of more than 4,000 years. Written in the Tang Dynasty this book is the first monograph of tea in the world. In this book Lu Yu covers the origin, tools, preparation, utensils, boiling, drinking and the history of tea.
Tea has a long history in China, with reference to Chinese records it is said that tea farms existed in Sichuan and Yunnan in 1000BCE. The usage for tea developed over different dynasties, for example tea was offered as a sacrifice in ceremonies during the Spring and Autumn period. Entering into the early West Han Dynasty tea was used as medicines and remedies, by the end of the West Han Dynasty and entering into the Three Kingdoms era tea was considered an imperial beverage. It was from the beginning of the Tang Dynasty that tea became one of the essentials of daily life.
China is the origin of tea.It’s confirmed that the southwest China, including Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan and other mountain is the center of origin of the tea tree.With the geological changing and human cultivation of tea spreading , tea gradually spread to the rest of the world.
With tea gradually becoming indispensable partner in life,tea culture formed. In today's modern China,it is not just a beverage. It is picked from the tree and subject to be rolled,baked and squeezed in order to become available for people to brew.Thus,teaism means tranquility, strength and peace.