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The Art and Alchemy of Chinese Tea

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ISBN13:

9781848190863

ISBN10:
1848190867
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
11/15/2011
Publisher(s):
Jessica Kingsley Pub

Summary

The fine art of preparing and drinking tea has become a hallmark of Chinese civilization. In his latest book, Daniel Reid explores Chinese tea in its manifold varieties, its long and colorful historical development in China, and the fine art of preparing and drinking it, a tradition handed down through the agesby monks and martial artists, and emperors. He describes the principles that lie at the heart of tea culture in China, the potent medicinal properties of Chinese tea, and how to cultivate Cha Dao, the Daoist way of tea, in daily life. Illustrated with many photographs by Christan Janzen, the book contains detailed descriptions of many Chinese tea varieties, as well as entertaining tea anecdotes from the author's "Tea Tidings" bulletin, and a useful glossary of Chinese tea terms.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Chadao-The Dao of Teap. 9
Prefacep. 13
Introduction "Tea and Zen Are One Taste"p. 17
"Sweet Dew from Heaven": The Story of Tea in Chinap. 33
"All the Tea in China": Branches of the Chinese Tea Treep. 63
"Green Gold": The Alchemy of Chinese Teap. 87
"The Summit": High Mountain Oolong Teap. 113
"Tea Tidings"p. 145
Glossary of Chinese Tea Termsp. 229
Recommended Readingp. 231
Indexp. 235
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