Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mingqian and Yuqian Tea Leaves

Mingqian tea and Yuqian tea are the names for spring tea leaves according to the picking time in solar terms in the tea planting areas in the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. “Mingqian tea” refers to the tea leaves picked before the Qingming Festival and “Yuqian tea” means the tea leaves picked before Grain Rain after Qingming. Mingqian tea is generally tender and of good quality and Yuqian tea is also good in quality, but those picked after Grain Rain and before Beginning of Summer are usually tough and the quality is not so good.

By Explore Cultural China

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