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China Tea: (2) Green Tea

Updated on March 4, 2012

Green tea is made from the new tea leaves. Unlike the production of other kinds of tea, the production green tea misses the fermentation process. With the Green-Removing process in high temperature, all kinds of oxidases are removed, and the final product and the tea made from it appears freshly green, which gives it the name. The green tea in China has had 3,000 years history, and is the No. 1 in output among six types. Twelve provinces out of thirty-two produce green tea with various brands, and covers more than 70% of global trade volume. Some brands have become world-famous.

Longjing Tea
Longjing Tea | Source
Xinyang Maojian Tea
Xinyang Maojian Tea | Source
Biluo Spring Tea
Biluo Spring Tea | Source
Huiming Tea
Huiming Tea | Source

West Lake Longjing Tea

Longjing, or Dragon Well, tea is regarded as the "national tea" of China. It is the most famous brand, and made in Hangzhou region. The growing location of tea plants and the timing of picking up tea leaves are really special. The final product is known by its natural green color, fragrant smell, sweet taste, and good looking.

Xinyang Maojian Tea

Maojian tea is made in Dabie Mountain area in Xinyang region. In Panama International Fair in 1915, Xinyang Maojian tea was awarded with gold medal, and thus became world-known. Now, it is exported to Japan, the United States, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, etc.

Biluo Spring Tea

Biluo Spring tea is one of ten famous teas. It is grown on Dongting Mountain in Tai Lake in Suzhou city. So far, it has had over 1,000 years history, and used to be royal tribute in Qing Dynasty.

Huiming Tea

The tea made from Huiming green tea leaves appears white color, and so it is also called "white tea". It was awarded with gold medal in Panama International Fair, and used to be royal tribute in Ming Dynasty.

Green tea is the top 1 on the list of ten healthy food of United Nations Healthy Agency. It has multiple medical functions, such as anti-aging, anti-virus, protection from cardiovascular disease, cancer, radiation, makeup and skin care, exciting brain cells, releasing stress, improving digestion, helping to lose weight, and protecting teeth and eyes.

Green tea in beauty industry
Green tea in beauty industry | Source


The green tea polyphenol has powerful ability of anti-oxidation and physical action, which can effectively remove harmful free radicals in human body, and thus to stop the action of oxidation of fatty materials. It has been proved that green tea polyphenol is 18 times powerful in anti-aging function than Vitamin E.

Protection from cardiovascular disease

Polyphenol can inhibit the increase and deposit of cholesterol, and triglyceride, and thus to inhibit the occurrence of Atherosclerosis.

Protection from cancers

Polyphenol can effectively stop the synthesis of some substances that can cause cancers, such as ammonium nitrite, kill cancer cells and increase the function of immune system.

Makeup and skin care

Polyphenol is water-soluble matter. Using green tea water to wash face can get rid of grease, dwindle pores, anti-infection, and reduce the harm by ultraviolet radiation.

Helping to lose weight

Green tea caffeine can increase the secretion of the gastric juice, which helps digestion and increases to break down the fat. Therefore, drinking green tea dailily can help to lose weight.

Usually, it is not good to drink green tea with empty stomach, and people who are having cold, and who suffer from indigestion had better not drink much green tea. More importantly, women with occurrence of menstruation should be careful to drink green tea, because the tannin in the tea combines with ferreous molecules in food, which forms much precipitants to hinder the absorption of iron in intestinal tract, and the stronger the tea is, the more effective the hindering is.


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      Hui (蕙) 5 years ago

      Hi, lady, thanks for coming by. I love it either, and nice to meet you!

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      ladyfountain1 5 years ago

      Great post. I love green tea too. I try to have a cup after heavy meals. Thanks for the info.

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      Hui (蕙) 5 years ago

      Hi,thank you for trusting me. For my knowledge, green tea is produced with fresh tea leaves without fermentation process, so high quality green tea is green color with 80 degree water, while those with low quality or out of date is yellow. And brewing tea is totally wrong, which is different from coffee. By the way, you bought tea from plantation outside Hangzhou, which should be good, because first-class green tea is from there. However, as a friend in Hubpages, I may give a little suggestion: foreigners buying stuff in China should be careful. You should've bought it from those famous tea shops.

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      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Hello. We just returned from a tour in China where we bought green tea from a tea plantation outside Hangzhou. The tea is dried and consequently does not have the bright green color shown in your photos, but looks darker even when brewed. Do you have any idea why? Also we were told tea should be made at 80 degrees Fahrenheit which surprised me as we are used to brewing tea with boiling water. Any thoughts on this?

      I voted your hub beautiful and interesting. Thanks!

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      Hui (蕙) 5 years ago

      Thank you,star, for the comment and the vote. Actually, green tea is really good. I like it, anyway.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      What a great article about drinking green tea and identifying various varieties. I appreciate your research and that you shared it here with us. I have started drinking green tea twice a day. I voted it up too!

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      Hui (蕙) 5 years ago

      Thank you. I like it too.

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      I like green tea. I drink 3 to 5 cups a day. Well written, nice hub. Voted UP