CHP-146-The History of Tea Part 7

In Part 7 of the CHP History of Tea series we look at what happened after Europeans first came to China and instantly fell in love with tea. The period covered in this episode is the late Ming and the Qing.


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

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

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

Tuihuo  退货  To reject and return cargo

Chanong  茶农  Tea farmer

Get atta hee   Chicagonese for Get out of here.

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

Papaver somniferum   The Opium Poppy

Camellia sinensis   The Tea plant

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

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

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

Lishan Xiaozhong 立山小种  Lapsong Souchong Tea

Zhengshan Xiaozhong  正山小种  Lapsong Souchong Tea

Wuyi Mountain  武夷山Wu Yi Mountains in northern Fujian

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

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

Keemun Hao Ya 祁门毫芽

Keemun Maofeng  祁门毛峰

Keemun Congou  祁门功夫

Guangxu  光绪 Second to the last Qing emperor

Tu  荼 What tea used to be called before cha

Kucai   苦菜  A type of bitter vegetable


    • Indeed Laszlo indicates Hungarian origin but alas….not in my case. Thanks so much Thomas for taking the time to let me know you like these podcasts!

  • Hi, Lazlo, I had to give you and my Friends of Roots guide, Steven Owyang, who you referenced in this podcast, on my Facebook page, for whatever it’s worth. Love the History of Tea series.

    Maybe, a History of Silk would be interesting! Tell me if it’s really true that the Empress Lei-tzu, wife of the Huang Ti (2700-2640 B.C.E.), is responsible for the discovery of silk, as recorded in the Louie-Fong-Kwong family history on a plaque at the Soo Yuen Association in San Francisco. The Louie clan (Lei in putanghua) is supposed to be descended from her lineage. It makes for an interesting story. Fact or myth?

    • Laszlo is traveling and he told me that the history of silk is for sure on the horizon, and lei-tzu is the Shen Nong of silk and will have her story told. Louie-Fong-Kwong family story might make a good CHP episode one day too.

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