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China, the Homeland of Tea

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 07:30:24 UTC    Post subject: China, the Homeland of Tea Reply with quote

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Of the three major beverages of the world are tea, coffee and cocoa. Among the mentioned beverages, the first one is the one that is being consumed by the largest number of people.

China is the homeland of tea. It is believed that China has tea – shrubs as early as five to six thousand years ago, and human cultivation of teaplants dates back two thousand years.

Tea from China, along with her silk and porcelain, began to be known the world over more than a thousand years ago and has since always been an important Chinese export. At present more than forty countries in the world grow tea with Asian countries producing 90% of the world's total output.

All tea trees in other countries have their origin directly or indirectly in China. The word for tea leaves or tea as a drink in many countries are derivatives from the Chinese character “cha”. The Russians call it “cha'i”, which sounds like “chaye” (tea leaves) as it is pronounced in northern China, and the English word “tea” sounds similar to the pronunciation of its counterpart in Xinmen (Amoy).

The Japanese character for tea is written exactly the same as it is in Chinese, though pronounced with a slight difference. The habit of tea drinking spread to Japan in the 6th century, but it was not introduced to Europe and America till the 17th and 18th centuries. Now the number of tea drinkers in the world is legion and is still on the increase.
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