CHP-145-The History of Tea Part 6

The China History Podcast’s ten part History of Tea continues with this sixth episode. The time is now the late Ming and Qing dynasty. Now Western people are getting a nice close look at tea and imagining the possibilities.

RECOMMENDED READING

The Spirit of Tea, a book and traveling exhibition by tea lover and photographer Matthew London.

 

TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE

Shen Nong  神农 One of the all time greats in legendary Chinese history. Discovered tea’s pleasures and passed it on to Chinese civilization

Ba Shu  巴蜀  The Ancient state located in Sichuan and based near Chengdu

Jiajing Emperor嘉靖帝 Ming dynasty emperor during whose watch, the foreigners began showing up

Wuyi Shan  武夷山Wu Yi Mountains in northern Fujian

Bai Hao  白毫“White hair”, a name given some teas due to the young delivate nature of the buds

Hongwu  洪武The Ming founder Zhu Yuanzhang, Ming Taizu, The Hongwu Emperor

Song Luo Shan  Mountain located just south of Huang Shan, famous for its great teas and tea history

Huangshan  黄山 Yellow Mountain in southern Anhui, one of the most sacred mountains in China

Jingdezhen  景德镇  The porcelain capital of China and at one time, the whole world

Xiuning County   休宁 Song Luo Mountain was located here, in Anhui province

Bohea  武夷茶 One of the early and historic teas of the age of the China Clippers

Congou  工夫红茶 One of the early and historic teas of the age of the China Clippers

Pekoe白毫 One of the early and historic teas of the age of the China Clippers. (See Bai Hao above)

The Dutch would brand his tea “Orange Pekoe”

Hyson  熙春茶 One of the early and historic teas of the age of the China Clippers, also known as Lucky Dragon Tea

Chanong  茶农  Tea farmer

Qimen cha  祈门茶  Keemun Tea from Anhui, a world class China black tea

Zhangjiakou  张家口 The ancient town of Kalgan in Hebei

Huizong  宋徽宗  The last emperor of the Northern Song.  He knew a lot about tea

Kangxi  康熙帝Long reigning Qing dynasty emperor who acted as a model patron of tea culture

Qianlong  乾隆帝  Even longer reigning Qing dynasty emperor who acted even more as a model patron of tea culture

Chonghua Palace  华宫

Longjing cha  龙井茶  Dragon Well Tea from Longjing Village outside Hangzhou

Hugong Temple  胡公庙  Temple located in Longjing Village

Mt. Shifeng  峰山Mountain located near Longjing Village

Gaiwan  盖碗  A covered tea bowl

Li Chunsheng  One of the two father’s of Taiwan’s tea export industry.

Lugu, Nantou County鹿谷鄉, 南投縣  The heartland of Taiwan’s Oolong tea growing area

 

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