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The Origin of Oolong Tea (or 'Wulong Tea')

August 4, 2019 No comments

Nobody knows for sure where oolong tea is originated from and where it was discovered. In this article, we’ll discuss the 3 competing theories: Anxi theory, Wuyi theory and Beiyuan tribute tea theory.

History of Black Tea: Where Did Black Tea Originate From?

November 6, 2018 No comments

In the early days of tea, tea production was as simple as simply picking and drying and/or roasting the leaves. But during the Ming Dynasty people noticed that tea leaves can actually be allowed to wither and oxidise. These allowed the leaves to develop more flavour and black tea was discovered.

The History of Tea Gifts in China & What You Should Get This Holiday Season

November 14, 2016 No comments

Learn about the history of tea gifts in China and why it's still so popular today.

Tea History: What Is 'Border Sales Tea' (Bian Xiao Cha)?

October 17, 2016 2 comments

There's a tea term known as 'border sales tea' or 'bian xiao cha' (边销茶). Find out what this is all about!

Dan Cong Oolong Tea: Legend, History & Origin

December 20, 2015 7 comments

Dan Cong is a famous category of oolong teas from the phoenix mountain, in Guangdong. Oolongs from this region are considered the biggest competitors of oolong teas from Fujian's Wuyishan tea region. Especially, in the past years, Dan Cong has become increasingly popular. Like many other famous Chinese teas, there’s a legend to be told about its origin.

Emperor Zhao Bing’s Elixir

During the Song dynasty, emperor Zhao Bing fled to the Wu Dong Mountain (乌岽山) during a war.

According to a myth, he was extremely thirsty and local farmers let him chew on the leaves from the tea bushes. This didn’t only quenched his thirst, but allowed him to regain his energy. Due to this miracle, Dan Cong tea was referred to as the the Tea of Song (宋茶 'Song Cha') and later also named the Song cultivar (宋种 'Song Zhong') raising the potential status of Dan Cong to an imperial level.

The Fall of Song

However, it took hundreds of years before Dan Cong became a tribute tea, because Zhao Bing wasn’t able to survive the war and return the favor to the local farmers. As according to historical records he jumped into the sea and died at an age of 8, consequently resulting in the fall of the Song Dynasty. Luckily his body was found by a Monk of Tin Hau (Queen of Heaven) temple in Shenzhen, Guangdong and eventually got buried there. See pictures of the temple below.

tian hao queen of heaven temple shenzhen tian hou chiwan shenzhen queen of heaven temple

The Rise of Dan Cong tea in the Qing Dynasty

It was during the reign of emperor Jia Qing (image below) in the Qing Dynasty, when the Dan Cong bushes finally where rewarded for their ultimate quality. The tea region began to develop into a more mature production region, and more trees where planted. With pressure as well as financial support from the emperor, the trees enjoyed exceptional care. As a result they naturally grew into large ancient trees which you can still observe today.

Interested to try out this legendary tea? Visit our Dan Cong tea page to buy tea online direct from the Phoenix mountain! For more information about the different types, you may read our expert article on Dan Cong tea types & classification.

History of Tea in China & How It Spread Across The World

April 9, 2015 2 comments

Read about how tea became the second most consumed beverage in the world. From how Shen Nong accidentally discovered tea until Mongols treatened the tea culture in China, to how the East India Company monopolized the tea trade and spread tea all over the world.

Tea history wiki & guide

RSS Feed

The Origin of Oolong Tea (or 'Wulong Tea')

August 4, 2019 No comments

Nobody knows for sure where oolong tea is originated from and where it was discovered. In this article, we’ll discuss the 3 competing theories: Anxi theory, Wuyi theory and Beiyuan tribute tea theory.

History of Black Tea: Where Did Black Tea Originate From?

November 6, 2018 No comments

In the early days of tea, tea production was as simple as simply picking and drying and/or roasting the leaves. But during the Ming Dynasty people noticed that tea leaves can actually be allowed to wither and oxidise. These allowed the leaves to develop more flavour and black tea was discovered.

The History of Tea Gifts in China & What You Should Get This Holiday Season

November 14, 2016 No comments

Learn about the history of tea gifts in China and why it's still so popular today.

Tea History: What Is 'Border Sales Tea' (Bian Xiao Cha)?

October 17, 2016 2 comments

There's a tea term known as 'border sales tea' or 'bian xiao cha' (边销茶). Find out what this is all about!

Dan Cong Oolong Tea: Legend, History & Origin

December 20, 2015 7 comments

Dan Cong is a famous category of oolong teas from the phoenix mountain, in Guangdong. Oolongs from this region are considered the biggest competitors of oolong teas from Fujian's Wuyishan tea region. Especially, in the past years, Dan Cong has become increasingly popular. Like many other famous Chinese teas, there’s a legend to be told about its origin.

Emperor Zhao Bing’s Elixir

During the Song dynasty, emperor Zhao Bing fled to the Wu Dong Mountain (乌岽山) during a war.

According to a myth, he was extremely thirsty and local farmers let him chew on the leaves from the tea bushes. This didn’t only quenched his thirst, but allowed him to regain his energy. Due to this miracle, Dan Cong tea was referred to as the the Tea of Song (宋茶 'Song Cha') and later also named the Song cultivar (宋种 'Song Zhong') raising the potential status of Dan Cong to an imperial level.

The Fall of Song

However, it took hundreds of years before Dan Cong became a tribute tea, because Zhao Bing wasn’t able to survive the war and return the favor to the local farmers. As according to historical records he jumped into the sea and died at an age of 8, consequently resulting in the fall of the Song Dynasty. Luckily his body was found by a Monk of Tin Hau (Queen of Heaven) temple in Shenzhen, Guangdong and eventually got buried there. See pictures of the temple below.

tian hao queen of heaven temple shenzhen tian hou chiwan shenzhen queen of heaven temple

The Rise of Dan Cong tea in the Qing Dynasty

It was during the reign of emperor Jia Qing (image below) in the Qing Dynasty, when the Dan Cong bushes finally where rewarded for their ultimate quality. The tea region began to develop into a more mature production region, and more trees where planted. With pressure as well as financial support from the emperor, the trees enjoyed exceptional care. As a result they naturally grew into large ancient trees which you can still observe today.

Interested to try out this legendary tea? Visit our Dan Cong tea page to buy tea online direct from the Phoenix mountain! For more information about the different types, you may read our expert article on Dan Cong tea types & classification.

History of Tea in China & How It Spread Across The World

April 9, 2015 2 comments

Read about how tea became the second most consumed beverage in the world. From how Shen Nong accidentally discovered tea until Mongols treatened the tea culture in China, to how the East India Company monopolized the tea trade and spread tea all over the world.