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The Legends of Laozi and Tea

Shaanxi Peng Xiang Tea Corp., Ltd | Updated: Aug 03, 2017

Laozi, the classical Chinese philosopher, was said to describe tea as "the froth of the liquid jade" and named it an indispensable ingredient to the elixir of life. Legends has it that master Lao was saddened by society's moral decay and, sensing that the end of the dynasty was near, he journeyed westward to the unsettled territories, never to be seen again.  While passing along the nation's border, he encountered and was offered tea by a customs inspector named Yin Hsi. Yin Hsi encouraged him to compile his teachings into a single book so that future generations might benefit from his wisdom. This then became known as the Dao De Jing, a collection of Laozi's sayings.


During the Sui Dynasty (589–618 AD) tea was introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks.

The Tang Dynasty writer Lu Yu's  Cha Jing (The Classic of Tea) is an early work on the subject. According to Cha Jing tea drinking was widespread. The book describes how tea plants were grown, the leaves processed, and tea prepared as a beverage. It also describes how tea was evaluated. The book also discusses where the best tea leaves were produced. Teas produced in this period were mainly tea bricks which were often used as currency, especially further from the center of the empire where coins lost their value. In this period, tea leaves were steamed, then pounded and shaped into cake or brick forms.


Peng Xiang Tea located in the Xi'xiang county of Shaanxi Province in China where located in the north of Qin Ling , south of Ba Shan. It has the mild climate, abundant rainfall with the appropriate tea planting environment “rain wash mountain make the season like the spring all the time”, the soil which rich in natural zinc and selenium. Now the Peng Xiang Tea has such kind products as Zinc-Selenium Green Tea, Han Zhong Xian Hao Green Tea, Han Jia Black Tea .