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Chinese Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is also known as wulong tea which originated in the Fujian province of China. The word of wulong literally means black dragon in Chinese, but there is no suggestion on how the name came about.

The tea has a history of more than 4,000 years. According to legend, Wu Liang was the first cultivator of the tea. It was said that one day he caught a river deer when he was back from picking mountain tea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Green Tea

Green tea is more and more popular in the world today. Actually, green tea has long been a kind of Chinese traditional drink and its history can date back to more than 4,000 years ago.

According to legend, legendary Emperor Shennong discovered tea by chance when a tea blossom fell into his cup of hot water. He was also the first cultivator of Chinese tea.

Originally, green tea was used as a health aid. It was costly and was only available to those who could afford them. It was not until around 300 A.D. when green tea became a daily drink. Read the rest of this entry »

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Longevity Peach

The longevity peach, known as shou tao in Chinese, is not a fruit but a traditional Chinese steamed bun (similar to mantou) which symbolizes the immortality granting peach. Traditionally, it was presented during elderly birthday celebrations.

The longevity peach is shaped and colored like a peach in different sizes, some with lotus paste or red bean paste fillings.

Legend goes that the longevity peach trees grow in the garden of the Queen Mother of the West and these trees bear peaches once three thousand years. Those who consume the peaches may achieve immortality. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Mantou

Mantou is a type of traditional Chinese food. It is usually plain with no filling and round with both sides flatten. It consists of flour, yeast and sugar. Based on different recipes, meat, milk or oil can also be used if desired.

The history of mantou can date back to the Three Kingdoms period (220-280). The origination of mantou associated with Zhuge Liang, one of the most famous strategists in Chinese history. It was said that Zhuge made ritual offerings of mantou filled with meat in place of human sacrifice. Read the rest of this entry »


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Century Eggs

Century eggs, also known as 1000-year-old eggs, preserved eggs, millennium eggs and pidan, is a kind of traditional Chinese food. It is said that the century egg has over five centuries of history behind its production. The discovery of century eggs can date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).

Century eggs are made by coating duck or chicken eggs in a clay-like mixture of wood ash, quicklime, tea, earth, and salt. The mixture hardens around eggs and results in the curing and creation of century eggs instead of spoiled eggs. Read the rest of this entry »


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