Why Is Tea So Important To The Chinese?

Chinese culture and tea are synonymous – everyone knows that. But how did a drink from the southern part of China conquer the vast plains of China and its culture? In today’s post, we’ll give you a brief overview of the history of tea in China and how it came to be so interwoven into Chinese culture. Although popular legend attributes the discovery of tea to Shen Nong, one of the early mythical emperors of pre-history China, there is surprisingly little evidence for this claim. According to Profession James A. Benn in this book Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History, the first mention of the legend of Shen Nong discovering tea is in Lu Yu’s seminal work, The Classic of Tea. As tea was still fairly ‘new’ at that time, Lu Yu would have wanted to give it ancient roots as a form of legitimacy. As such, Benn argues that “it is most sensible to understand tea as

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