China: Green Tea from How to Drink Tea in 14 Countries (Slideshow)

How to Drink Tea in 14 Countries (Slideshow)

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China: Green Tea

The Chinese art of tea making, called cha dao, has been practiced in China since 2000 B.C.E., when tea was drunk for medicinal purposes. Tea is given as a gift, used in courting and hospitality rituals and ancestral worship, and enjoyed in social settings. Tea houses, where people gather to drink tea and mingle, remain the social center of Chinese culture.