Q is for… Qian Dao Yu Ye (Jade Leaf) Green Tea


Literal meaning…

Qian Dao (literally means 1,000 Islands) is a world – famous resort, known for its attractive scenery. Qiandao Lake (the lake is a human-made, freshwater lake located in Zhejiang Province China), is in Chun’an County, which is encircled by 1,000 high mountains. Qiandao Lake is an ideal place for planting organic, green, pollution-free tea. The climate is mild and humid –  cool in summer and warm in winter. It is considered as the “hinterland” and “Golden Triangle” region of Chinese tea. There is a long tea producing history of up to 1000 years (Han Dynasty) in Qian Dao Lake, and in the Tang Dynasty, the tea produced in this area was presented only to the emperor as a tribute.

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Many Legends…

There are many legends about the tea history in the Qian Dao area, one of which is about a couple named Jin Long and Mao Feng who lived there for generations. Their house was near Qian Dao Lake, which was in the middle of Anhui and Zhejiang provinces.  Every day many weary travelers passed by their home, and sometimes these travelers were thirsty and tired and asked the couple for some tea to drink. The kindly couple was very generous and loved to make tea for the thirsty travelers, but finally all their tea leaves were used up. They didn’t have any more tea to help the people! Fortunately, an ancient deity heard about the situation and was deeply touched by their story. One night, the deity came to Jin Long in a dream and told him that “there was a magic tea tree 6 miles east from their home”. When Jin Long woke in the morning, he followed the immortal’s instruction, and found the magic tea tree. He picked some of the leaves and made a cup of tea.  The tea tasted so wonderful it was beyond words! Jin Long moved the magic tea tree to his tea garden, and it grew very well. Year by year, more and more people knew about the story as well as the wonderful tea.

Qian Dao Yu Ye Tea (Jade Leaf Tea)…

Got its name because the leaves are green and precious as Jade! The fragrance of Jade leaf (Yu Ye), is unlike any other common green tea. The aroma in the cup is long-lasting and orchid like, and it smells like newly-sprung buds in early spring.

Next… Qian Dao Yu Ye in my cup

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