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The Legend of Da Hong Pao Tea

July 13, 2019 4 comments

The story of one of China's most famous oolong tea: Da Hong Pao.

White Tea Legend: The Lazy Xiao Brother's Shou Mei & Gong Mei Discovery

April 3, 2016 No comments

When asked for an explanation of the name of this tea, some villagers in Fuding told us an interesting story

The Legend of Silver Needle: Story about the Origin of Bai Hao Yin Zhen White Tea

April 2, 2016 2 comments

Here's a story one of the white tea farmers in Fujian told us during our sourcing trip.

Tea Story: The Tale of Bi Luo Chun

February 17, 2016 No comments

Who doesn't know about Bi Luo Chun green tea!? Here's fascinating story about the origin of its name.

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.

Tea stories wiki & guide

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The Legend of Da Hong Pao Tea

July 13, 2019 4 comments

The story of one of China's most famous oolong tea: Da Hong Pao.

White Tea Legend: The Lazy Xiao Brother's Shou Mei & Gong Mei Discovery

April 3, 2016 No comments

When asked for an explanation of the name of this tea, some villagers in Fuding told us an interesting story

The Legend of Silver Needle: Story about the Origin of Bai Hao Yin Zhen White Tea

April 2, 2016 2 comments

Here's a story one of the white tea farmers in Fujian told us during our sourcing trip.

Tea Story: The Tale of Bi Luo Chun

February 17, 2016 No comments

Who doesn't know about Bi Luo Chun green tea!? Here's fascinating story about the origin of its name.

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.