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The 'gentleman' of Chinese teas

By Ye Jun ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-05-07 08:35:10
The 'gentleman' of Chinese teas

The tea leaves undergo its first roasting. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The history of tea making in the West Lake area dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). That dates the written history of tea in the area to more than 1,500 years. By the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Longjing was listed among the top Chinese teas. It reached the top of the list during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), especially because of recognition from Emperor Qianlong.

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