- Date and time :
7 Apr @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Paarl mountain nature reserve
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
Chinese people like to drink tea, and often entertain friends and guests with it. The tea-leaf is a necessary in the life of Chinese people.
Tea plants originated in China, although the ancient Chinese first used them for medicinal purposes before developing tea as a drink some 2,000 years ago. Later, they gradually learnt to grow tea plants and use the leaves to make various types of tea.
As regards the method of making tea, the Chinese variety can be classified into green tea, black tea, oolong tea, scented tea, tuó tea (bowl-shaped compressed mass of tea leaves), and brick tea, each consisting of many types.
Green tea is not fermented. Famous green tea includes Lóngjĭng from the region of West Lake in Hángzhōu, Bìluóchūn tea from Jīangsū, Máofēng tea from the Huángshān Mountains of Ānhuī Province.
Black tea is fermented, and is brilliant red. Famous Chinese black tea is keemun tea of Ānhuī Province, and Diān black tea of Yúnnán Province.
Oolong tea is half fermented, its tealeaves being loose and thick, and the tea is golden yellow. The best oolong tea is bohea produced in the Wǔyí Mountain of Fújiàn Province.
Scented tea is peculiar to China, which is made by smoking tea leaves with fragrant flowers. The most famous one is jasmine tea produced in Fújiàn Province.
Tuó tea (bowl-shaped compressed mass of tea leaves), produced in Yúnnán and Sìchuān, is compressed like a round steamed bun.
Brick tea is shaped like a brick, and is a favourite of the Mongolian and Tibetan ethnic groups.
Drinking tea can quench one’s thirst, dispel fatigue, help digestion and prevent some diseases. Drinking tea for a long period is quite beneficial to people’s health.
Are you interested in drinking some Chinese tea after hiking?
Programme on the tea party:
1. Drinking traditional Chinese tea.
2. Introduction of Chinese tea.
Limit: 20 participants (maximum)
fees: 100 Rand per person