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Updated: Mar. 17, 2014 

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About China | Tea-Producing Regions of China | Styles of Tea Produced in China | Best (Top-Rated) Chinese Teas

About China

Rows of tea planted on a steep slopeA tea plantation near Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Steep topography is the norm in many of China's tea-growing regions. Photo by Shizhao, licensed under CC BY 1.0.
China, known in China as Zhōngguó (中国), is one of the most important tea-producing countries. The written history of tea consumption in China goes back longer than in any other country, thousands of years. In ancient China, tea was originally used as a medicine; over hundreds of years it slowly shifted towards being viewed first as a tonic, and then as a beverage as it is today.

China, together with India, is one of the two largest producers and consumers of tea. In 2007, China produced over 30% of the world's production of tea, almost 1.2 million tons of tea out of the world's almost 3.9 million tons. Most of the tea produced in China is consumed in China, although tea is also an important export good for China.

A myriad of styles of tea originated in China, which produces and consumes black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh teas, as well as the less well-known yellow teas. Chinese teas are astoundingly diverse, as within each of these broad types of tea, there are countless different styles, both ancient and modern. China has also come to produce styles of tea that originated elsewhere, such as sencha, which originated in Japan.

Tea tends to be produced mostly in the provinces towards the south and east of China, where the climate is humid and ranges from tropical to subtropical, although teas are grown commercially as far west as Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, and as far north as Shandong province.

Tea-Producing Regions of China

Anhui, China

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Fujian, China

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Guangdong, China

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Guangxi, China

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Heilongjiang, China

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Henan, China

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Hubei, China

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Hunan, China

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Jiangsu, China

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Jiangxi, China

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Shandong, China

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Sichuan, China

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Yunnan, China

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Zhejiang, China

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Styles of Tea Produced in China

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in China.

Green TeaGreen Tea
Jasmine TeaJasmine Tea
Dragon Well TeaDragon Well Tea
Gunpowder Green TeaGunpowder Green Tea
KeemunKeemun
Flavored Green TeaFlavored Green Tea
Jasmine PearlsJasmine Pearls
Silver NeedleSilver Needle
White TeaWhite Tea
Fruit Green TeaFruit Green Tea
Lapsang SouchongLapsang Souchong
Black TeaBlack Tea
White Peony TeaWhite Peony Tea
SenchaSencha
Tie Guan YinTie Guan Yin
Oolong TeaOolong Tea
Chun MeeChun Mee
Bi Luo ChunBi Luo Chun

Best Chinese Teas

The notion of the "best" Chinese teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in China, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Zen Filterbags

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Flavored Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
25
9 Ratings
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Golden Monkey Black Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Golden Monkey
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
21
8 Ratings
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Tamayokucha

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Guricha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
8
8 Ratings
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White Peony (Bai Mu Dan)

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:White Peony Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
34
6 Ratings

Top-Rated Chinese Teas

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2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
100
3 Ratings
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea

Brand:Foojoy
Style:Keemun
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
3 Ratings
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Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Mao Feng Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
3 Ratings
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Wild Snow Sprout Tea

Brand:Wild Tea Qi
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
98
3 Ratings
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Houjicha Tea

Brand:Mountain Rose Herbs
Style:Hojicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
97
3 Ratings

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