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Tea is both a popular and royal drink. On average the Chinese drink approximately 1Kg of tea per capita per year, about half of that consumed by the world’s biggest tea drinkers, the British. However, the status of some of the teas in China makes them extremely valuable.

The West Lake Longjing tea has been grown in Hangzhou for more than 1,500 years, and is acknowledged as the top tea in China, its royal origins are claimed to be as follows. In 1762, when visiting the West Lake in Hangzhou, Qianlong, the Qing Emperor, who was very fond of Longjing tea, named the eighteen tea bushes on the Shifeng Mountain as ‘Royal Tea’. …

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