Tea World

Lesson 23

Types of Green Tea in China

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There are many varieties of green tea processed in China. Most of the teas are named after their original producing areas. The following are the 8 high quality teas with reputation.

Dragon Well Tea

Dragon Well tea, also known as Longjing tea, is the most famous green tea in China and is renowned around the world. It enjoys a high reputation for the sake of its gentle flavour and pleasing aroma.

There are various types of Dragon Well tea in China, but the authentic Dragon Well tea is the one where the tea is grown within the West Lake area in Hangzhou. Shi Feng (Lion Peak), Longjing, Wuyun Mountain, Hupao and Meijiawu are recognised as the five finest producing regions.


The name Biluochun literally means "Green Snail Spring". It is cropped during the spring equinox and it has a curled shape resembling a snail. It has a strong aroma and fruity taste.  The Producing area is Dongting Mountain,  Suzhou.

Huangshan Maofeng Tea

Huangshan Maofeng tea (literally meaning "Yellow Mountain Fur Peak") originates from the Yellow Mountain in Anhui Province. It has been famous since the Guangxu Emperor's reign during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and it's picked in the early spring. It has peak-shaped leaves with ivory-tinted hairs, and its golden tea is slightly sweet and fragrant with a lingering aftertaste.

Taiping Houkui Tea 

Taiping houkui literally means "monkey leader" in Taiping Prefecture (now the Huangshan area). It has a straight shape just like a bamboo leaf which is rare among tea and its leaves are larger than other types. The producing area is Yellow Mountain, Anhui

Lu'an Melon Seed Tea

Lu'an Melon Seed tea was a type of tribute tea for the imperial family during the Qing Dynasty.  Lu'an Melon Seed tea also has a very high nutritional value. It was widely used to prevent sunstroke by the Chinese during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Xinyang Maojian Tea

Maojian ("hairy tips") is a special type of tea. "Hairy" refers to the "tiny fuzz in cup" when it is brewed, while "tips" refers to the shape of the sharp, full, and young tea leaves.

Compared to other types of tea, Xinyang Maojian leaves are relatively small, with a green color, white hairs, and a thin and firmly rolled appearance with both ends in a pointed shape.

Lushan Yunwu Tea   

Listed as a tribute tea in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Yunwu ("cloud mist") tea is grown on Lushan Mountain, Jiangxi Province. It is famous all over China owing to its origin on Lushan Mountain, and it's characterized by its tender leaves, jade green luster, clear tea and sweet flavor.

Nanjing Rain Flower Tea 

Nanjing Rain Flower Tea is a special type of green tea, which was named after the area it's grown in: Yuhuatai, Nanjing City of  Jiangsu Province. It is also known in Chinese as Yu Hua Cha which is a local product of Nanjing.

Nanjing Rain Flower tea leaves are processed with great care and have a delicate appearance with a pine needle shape. It has a light, smooth, and sweet flowery taste and has received a high reputation in Southeast Asia so that people consider it to be the perfect gift.

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