In 306 AD, Ge Hongnan, a Taoism pharmaceutist in the Eastern Jin Dynasty came to Lingnan. At that time, the miasma disease was spreading, so he was able to carefully study the medicine for various epidemic febrile diseases. The herbal tea, based on the medical works left by Ge Hong and the rich experiences summed up by later generations of Lingnan doctors during the long-term disease control and treatment for labors, has formed into profound cultural heritage of Lingnan. The formula and terminology of herbal tea making have been passed down generation by generation. Historical stories and folklore about herbal tea have been widely circulated in Lingnan and overseas for a long time. Over the centuries, the herbal tea shops standing in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao form a unique sight of Lingnan culture.
By Explore Cultural China