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

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About China

A tea plantation near Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Steep topography is the norm in many of China's tea-growing regions. Photo by Shizhao (Wikimedia Commons), CC BY 1.0.

China, known in Chinese as Zhōngguó (中国), meaning "central country", 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

Styles of Tea Produced in China

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

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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Golden Monkey Black Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Golden Monkey
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
40
9 Ratings
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Tamayokucha

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Guricha / Tamaryokucha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
29
8 Ratings
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Prince of Wales

Brand:Twinings
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
84
7 Ratings
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Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Pu-erh Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
59
7 Ratings
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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Clouds & Mist (Yun Wu)
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
43
7 Ratings

Top-Rated Chinese Teas

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Keemun Full Leaf Tea

Brand:Foojoy
Style:Keemun
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
4 Ratings
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Bi Luo Chun Green Tea (Pi Lo Chun)

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Bi Luo Chun
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
4 Ratings
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Wild Snow Sprout Tea

Brand:Wild Tea Qi
Style:Green Tea
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
4 Ratings
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English Breakfast

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
3 Ratings

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