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1,000-year-old tea tree can be cloned
(China Daily)
Updated: 2005-01-05 09:30

The oldest tea tree of Fangshan Bud - a kind of tea used by emperors of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), aged about 1,000 years, has been found in Panye Village, Changle, Fujian Province, reports the Fuzhou Daily.

Lin Jianzhi, a Changle native, had been longing to find such a tree, which was recorded in the "Tea Book" written by Lu Yu - the renowned tea master of the Tang Dynasty.

Lin went up Fangshan Mountain recently where he followed a line of ants to the tea tree, which was later identified to be 1,000 years old by tea experts in Beijing.

Professor and tea master Zhan Zijin has confirmed that the tree is extremely rare, adding that it could be cloned from its leaves.

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