Chinese Wulong Tea, Green Tea and Tea Culture

Tea evokes different images in the thoughts of people, ranging from the hot morning cuppa’ made from a black tea teabag to the mystery of China and Chinese tea culture and their Wulong tea and Green teas.

Some of the greatest teas originated in China, with China’s tea culture dating back for over a thousand years. Western experience with tea, however, is relatively recent, dating back a couple of hundred years when tea was introduced initially to the nobility. It soon became a favoured drink among many, with most of the tea exported to western countries, black tea.  Black tea remains one of the favourite teas for many Westerners still, although there is growing interest in Chinese teas such as Chinese green tea, Wulong oolong tea and Puerh tea.

No matter what the culture, drinking tea is usually a social event. A commonly heard phrase in China translates as, “Drink tea, make friends.”  Tea has also been traditionally used for centuries as a ceremony shared by master and student, no matter what the subject of the lesson; meditation, scholastic studies or martial arts.

Ancient Chinese Cloudwalkers who lived in the mountains in China, turned from the belief of Tao and instead chose a different path to enlightenment; “Cha Dao” or “the way of tea”.  Cloudwalkers discovered that tea possessed properties that would clear the mind and encourage better concentration, thus the master and student sharing tea together soon became an important ritual that survives amongst Chinese culture even today, the tea ceremony.

Cha Dao, the way of the tea, is almost a spiritual journey of enlightenment for many today. The wonderful calming and meditative properties of properly prepared tea has made Cha Dao not a religion as such, but a journey to find spirituality and peace. There is no set ritual for enjoying tea, nor is there any specific equipment that must be used. This journey is a personal journey, a journey of tasting and enjoying the subtleties and flavours of tea. Chinese believe and teach that in order to truly appreciate the finer qualities of teas your mind must be still, and after that you will begin to notice the difference between teas.

While it takes time for people to learn about tea, and to understand and recognize the differences between teas and between the qualities of teas, it can be learned. The best way to learn is to try different teas, and to learn how to brew them as they should be brewed. With time you will learn what constitutes a good tea and you will come to appreciate the different flavours.   It is a journey well worth taking.

If you are wondering where to buy wulong tea (also known as oolong or wu long tea), I would suggest that you buy from a health store or a special tea store, and that you look for organic wulong Chinese tea.  You can buy either the loose leaf tea or wulong tea bags. The best tea bags to purchase, if you go that route, are the triangular shaped bags that have loose leaf tea inside of them. They can be reused several times, and the quality is much better than teabags with dried tea powder.

You have most likely heard a lot about oolong tea side effects and benefits. It has been featured on numerous television shows, for example, where people talked extensively about oolong tea. Oprah helped to make it famous when discussing wulong slimming tea, and asking the famous question, “Oolong tea, does it work?”  There are also numerous sites online offering oolong tea reviews, and discussing the benefits of drinking oolong tea. Weight loss does often occur when someone switches to drinking wulong tea, (or wu yi tea, as it is also known as.)  It has been well documented, and actually my husband lost quite a bit of weight when he first began drinking it. Having said that, it is not a ‘miracle cure’ that will make all weight drop instantly from you, no matter what else you do.  It does help raise your metabolic rate, as does Green tea, which of course will affect your weight gain or weight loss. Chinese tea’s benefits are substantiated and real.

There are other health benefits to chinese tea’s both green tea and wulong tea. They both contain polyphenol, which has been shown to both enhance your body’s natural enzymes and removes dangerous free radicals from your body.

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4 Responses to “Chinese Wulong Tea, Green Tea and Tea Culture”

  1. Claire says:

    Hi, i see you just started your site, nice! Hope to see lots of cool information about yummy tea 🙂

  2. green tea benefits says:

    I personally love green tea because of all the health benefits. This is a great article thoroughly describing many of the green tea benefits.

  3. Green Tea Lover says:

    “Cha Dao, the way of the tea, is almost a spiritual journey of enlightenment for many today.”

    You are right that tea is truly a full experience.

  4. Colin says:

    I love tea of nearly every sort, but green tea has a bad effect on me. I don’t know why, but it upsets my stomach. So, I just revert to my good ole mint teas.

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