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Top 10 Teas in China

By:Alice
Chinese tea has a long history and a wide variety of varieties, including traditional and historical famous teas.  In 2002, Wen Hui Neswpaper of Hong Kong listed West Lake Longjing tea, Jiangsu Biluochun tea, Anhui Maofeng, Hunan Junshan Silver Needle tea, Xinyang Maojian tea, Anhui Keemun black tea , Anhui Liu’an Melon Slices tea, Duyun Maojian tea, Wuyi Yan tea and Fujian Tieguanyin tea among the top 10 famous teas in China.


1. West Lake Longjing Tea
Longjing tea is a famous green tea variety in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Tea is grown in Longjing Mountain in Hangzhou, southwest of West Lake, so it is often called West Lake Longjing tea. In China, Longjing tea is known as the "queen of green tea", mainly because of its "four wonders" -- emerald color, fragrant taste, sweet smell and beautiful appearance. Longjing tea has beautiful appearance, bright green leaves, flat leaves and even size. After soaking, the tea soup is yellowish-green, with a soft and pure aroma and a hint of fruit and nuts. The aftertaste is almost instantaneous, filling your mouth with the sweetness of the grapes. Longjing tea is one of the best green teas in China.


2. Jiangsu Biluochun Tea
Biluochun, a famous Chinese green tea, grows in Dongting Mountain, Taihu Lake, Jiangsu Province. It is a green tea that rolls into a tight spiral and looks like snail meat. It is said to have been discovered by a tea-picking woman. The girl put the tea between her bodies instead of in the basket. The tea was warmed by her body temperature and with the smell of flowers. Biluochun tea is considered the best, which  is also grown in Sichuan and Zhejiang. In these provinces, the leaves are larger and may contain some yellow leaves. The tea tastes nuttier and smoother.


3. Anhui Maofeng
Huangshan Maofeng is one of the top ten famous teas in China, which  belongs to green tea. "Maofeng" literally means a leaf with fine hairs and sharp edges.  I It can stimulate your central nervous system, bring you high work and study efficiency, make your heart stronger, inhibit arteriosclerosis, resist bacteria, lose weight, delay aging and so on.


4. Hunan Junshan Silver Needle
Junshan Silver Needle produced in Junshan, Dongting Lake, Yueyang, shapes as fine as a needle, hence the name Junshan Silver Needle. It belongs to yellow tea. Its finished tea bud head is strong and healthy, length size is even, the tea bud inside the face is golden yellow, the outer layer pekoe is exposed complete, and the package is solid, the tea bud shape is very like a silver needle, called "gold inlaid jade". The Tang Dynasty has produced and famous. It is said that princess Wencheng married with junshan silver needle tea into Tibet.


5. Xinyang Maojian tea
Xinyang maojian tea is a famous green tea produced in Xinyang, Henan Province. Its name can be divided into two parts, which are related to two aspects: "Xinyang", as the first part, where the tea is produced in China. "Maojian" is a word used to describe the shape of a leaf.
Xinyang Maojian tea has a history of more than 2,000 years. Henan people like to drink it as a relaxing drink after a busy day.
The name "maojian" is given due to its slightly dark green color, straight and delicate edges, thin and firm curly appearance, and sharp ends. The average length of Xinyang Maojian tea is about 0.5-1 inch. Compared with other famous green tea varieties, the leaves are relatively small.


6. Anhui Keemun Black tea
Keemun Black tea is originated in Keemun County, Anhui P rovince. Relatively speaking, it is only 137 years old. The tea was first made in 1875 by Yu Quanchen, a failed official. Before that, Anhui had only green tea. When Keemun tea was produced, the results exceeded Yu's expectations and the tea became popular even in Britain. It gradually became an ingredient in English breakfast tea.
Tea is characterized by its fruity, slightly loose, prunes and floral aromas. It is also known as "Chinese sweet tea" because it also has the taste of light orchids, which  makes the tea taste very unique and balanced. Depending on the variety, the tea can become more bitter or smoky.


7. Anhui Liu’an Melon  tea
Liu'an Melon tea is a kind of green tea grown in Liu'an City, Anhui Province. The shape of the tea is a flat oval that looks like a melon seed, hence the name. Most green tea is made from new shoots in the central vein, but Liu’an Melon  tea uses the second leaf on the branch. The central grain on the leaves is removed and then cooked in a pan to form the tea so it does not oxidize. In the Ming Dynasty, Liu 'an Melon  tea was widely used to prevent heat stroke. This is the tribute tea of the highest power class.


8. Duyun Maojian
Duyun Maojian tea is one of the three famous teas in Duyun City. The shape of the tea is tight and thin in curls. Leaf surface is jade green, dark, even and bright. Its fragrance can be smelled from far away. The taste is strong and fresh. It has the function of quenching thirst, brightening eyes, moistening greasy, helping digestion and inhibiting atherosclerosis.


9. Wuyi  Rock tea
Wuyi Rock tea is a special kind of Oolong tea growing in Wuyi Mountain of Fujian Province. The warm climate and altitude of Wuyi Mountain are perfect for making this delicious Oolong tea. Today, Oolong tea in Wuyi Mountain, known as "Rock tea", is considered to be the outstanding style of Oolong tea. Tea trees grow on the rocks of Wuyi Mountain, hence the name. Since the Tang Dynasty, the tea of Wuyi Mountain had become a precious tea for the upper class. There was a royal tea garden on Mount Wuyi, specially for the royal tea picking at that time. Since the Ming Dynasty, people began to develop Oolong tea.


10. Fujian Tieguanyin
Anxi Tieguanyin is the best Oolong tea with a history of more than 200 years. It comes from Yaoyang Town, Anxi County, Fujian Province. Tieguanyin is a semi-fermented tea with a taste between green tea and black tea. It is one of the best te as in China and has a natural orchid aroma when brewed.
This tea is harvested four times a year. Spring tea is harvested at the start of summer, after the summer solstice (June 21 or 22), after major heat (June 21 or 22), and before white dew (September 7, 8 or 9), among which spring tea is preferred.
This tea , fat and thick, round and tight, heavy and neat, with lustrous colorand pure taste , has long been known as the "King of Tea". It purifies the heart, brightens the eyes, prevents atherosclerosis, and reduces fat and weight.

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