Thursday, April 28, 2016

From GPB: "Chinese Tea — Elixir of the Orient"

Thanks to my friend Joy, I learned about a program on tea that would be airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting. I wasn’t able to watch it when it first aired Tuesday night, but I was able to watch it yesterday online, and I definitely need to watch it again, as there is so much I want to write down, research, and explore further!

A few highlights:

— Have you ever heard the phrase “Water is the mother of tea”? I had not, but apparently it’s a saying well known in China.

— Some 18 provinces in China produce tea.

— China produces more than one-third of the world’s tea.

— Green tea makes up 70 percent of the tea production in China.

I also enjoyed seeing the beautiful aerial photography of the tea fields and the lovely images of the tea and teawares, and I was fascinated to hear from some of those in the College of Tea Culture (!) at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University. I've long been intrigued by news of the cancer-fighting properties of green tea, so I was happy to see that discussed and would definitely like to learn more about green tea and cancer. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the Charleston Tea Plantation here in the US briefly featured.

I don’t know how long this video will be available for viewing online, but here’s the link in case you’d like to watch it now!


  1. I'm so glad you got to see this special, and enjoyed it. I recorded it but have not had time to watch it yet. I just "happened" to see a promo for it a couple of days before, or I'd have totally missed it. I'm looking forward to watching it.

  2. I was happily surprised to be able to watch it from Canada. Thank you so much, Angela! As you say, there is a lot to research and explore. Kris

  3. This is a show I would like to watch. Thanks for the link.

  4. I do want to see this - thanks for the link.


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