Quality tea is hidden in the renowned mountains, and renowned mountains produce quality tea. This is a Chinese saying since ancient days.
And Tie Guan Yin tea leaves are produced in an environment of green scenery and clean water.
Tea of Home, Home of Tea
(Written by Moon, originally published on Apple101.com.my)
Anxi is home to the tea leaves of top ten Chinese national-status tea genre of Oolong tea and Tie Guan Yin tea.
China is the home to tea, also a place where tea culture originates. Throughout the long history of China's tea culture, the fragrance of tea was brought by the Chinese crossing borders and seas in earlier years to everywhere else.
Speaking of Chinese tea, it actually involves various aspects of culture. Given a vast land such as China, tea-drinking culture differs from one another in different places of different geographic, climate, custom and cultural background. Among others, Tibet buttered tea, milk tea of northern tribes.
Anxi county of Fujian province is nicknamed as Town of Chinese Tea. The tea industry of Anxi is famous in China, and it is also the home to Tie Guan Yin tea. Thanks to a geographical position 1,500 metres above sea level, Anxi is blessed with splendid nature and four distinct seasons. Its mild climate is also enriched by sufficient rainfall, and its soil is free of industrial pollution. All in all making it a natural home to the plantation and cultivation of pure tea products.
With an almost 1,000 years of production history of Tie Guan Yin tea, quality tea leaves of Anxi are now internationally renowned, and they have also been granted the status of 'protected original produce' in China.
There are numerous ceremonies of tea – also known as ways of tea. But when it comes to ceremony of tea, art of tea, varieties and special features of tea leaves, Chinese tea culture is a unique branch in the world. And its tea-related knowledge too possesses great depth and width.
If we are to really understand the essence of tea-drinking culture, we shall take the initiative and visit Fujian province in China to experience the tea cultural trip. Following traces of tea fragrance, we shall enjoy good tea and delicacies together.
Tie Guan Yin tea is smooth and soothing. But planting its tea leaves is never easy – which the locals aptly quipped 'good for drinking yet hard to plant'.
If it truly is a tough process to cultivate and plant Tie Guan Yin tea, this should actually make it even more valuable.
Tea-drinking culture is of long history in China. If we are to enjoy a pot of fragrant Tie Guan Yin tea, we should visit its home.