宋-斗茶Tea Games in the Song Dynasty
In the Song Dynasty, drinking tea has become one of the sevenessential things of daily life. In 1107, Emperor Huizong wrote the book Views on Tea. The book consists of 20 articles, covering the origin, picking, making, quality of steamed and extruded green tea, and the fashion of tea games in the North Song Dynasty. One of the insightful and profound articles, Ceremonies of Pouring Tea, reflects the prosperity of China's tea industry and the development of tea-making technology since the North Song Dynasty, and is also precious literature for us to know the tea ceremony at that time.
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In the twenty-fourth year of the Hongwu reign in the Ming Dynasty (1391 AD), Emperor Ming Taizu officially abolished the tribute of steamed and extruded green tea from Jian'an, Fujian Province, replacing it with bud tea. It changed people’s habit of drinking tea cake and ended the leading position of tea cake since the Tang Dynasty. Bud tea also changed the tea making method and teapots began to be widely used.
Since the Ming Dynasty, various types of tea, such as oolong tea, flower tea, dark tea, and black tea were created. Until the Qing Dynasty, the development of teahouse reached its peak.
From the late Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China, China's tea industry went through a difficult period due to political instability, wars and other reasons.
Since 1949, the tea industry began to recover gradually and until now it has entered the period of vigorous development, just like a famous saying goes: tea meets its prosperity in flourishing age!