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A Brief History of Chinese Tea.
By Rishi Aggarwal

The first written transcript that was discovered on the history of Chinese Tea was in 350 A.D. Kuo P'O, updated the Chinese dictionary adding the word tea as "a beverage made from boiled leaves". According to the history of Chinese tea, these leaves were boiled in water with ginger, oranges and spices.

In the history of Chinese tea, it was believed tea was consumed for medicinal purposes to treat stomach problems and nervous twitches. The Chinese population in the interior part of China used the tealeaves and pressed them into bricks and used it as currency to trade and barter with.

The demand for tea increased dramatically from 350 to 600 AD, when farmers began to plant and harvest the tea. Tea estates were primarily in Szechwan, than spread throughout China. The history of Chinese tea has clearly shown China's love for tea and has made it one of China's major export resources.

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