The origin of Tea Drinking
There are three kinds of non-alcoholic drinks in the world, they are tea, coffee and coco. The people drinking tea are the most numbers of the three kinds and at present people from more than 160 countries consume tea. Drinking tea spread almost all over the world.
China is an original producer of tea and its skills in planting and making tea. According to Lu Yu’s Tea Classics, tea-drinking in China can be traced back to the Zhou Dynasty (1100- 221 B.C.): Tea was discovered by Shennong, who was know to have invented agriculture, medicine and also was said to be the one who found tea. As the legend has it, Shennong personally tasted hundreds of herb. In a single day, he was hit by 72 poisons. But he discovered the tea tree and used the tea leaves to neutralize all poisons.” That is probably the earliest record of tea among Chinese people.
Tea drinking in China has a history of more than four thousand years. For a long time, tea was used as an herbal medicine and people ate fresh tea leaves as vegetables. With the popularization of Buddhism from the Three Kingdoms to the Northern and Southern Dynasties, tea’s refreshing effect made it a favorite among monks in Za-Zen meditation.
Tea as a drink prospered during the Tang Dynasty, and tea shops became popular. A major event of this time was the completion of Tea Classics, the cornerstone of Chinese tea culture, by Lu Yu, who is known as the “Tea Sage”, wrote the Tea Scripture. This scripture describes in detail the processes of planting tea bushes, picking tea leaves and preparing leaves for brewing.
Over the long history of drinking tea, Tea is indispensable in the life of the Chinese people and the development and promotion of tea has been one of China’s principal contributions to the world.
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