The Emperor and Chinese Yellow Tea, Part 1

A yellow tea produced in Anhui Province, China, known locally as huoshan huangya (霍山黄芽 huòshān huángyá), makes an infusion that tastes mellow with the aroma of chestnut. (Cheng En Lim/123RF)
A yellow tea produced in Anhui Province, China, known locally as huoshan huangya (霍山黄芽 huòshān huángyá), makes an infusion that tastes mellow with the aroma of chestnut. (Cheng En Lim/123RF)

A yellow tea produced in Anhui Province, China, known locally as huoshan huangya (霍山黄芽 huòshān huángyá), makes an infusion that tastes mellow with the aroma of chestnut. It also provides such benefits as maintaining the health of eyes and teeth, improving the digestive system, and boosting one’s immunity. 

There is a curious folktale related to this yellow tea. During the Qing Dynasty, a wealthy tea merchant known as Chake Cheng traveled to Hubei Province for business. Late at night, he woke up to go to the tavern to quench his thirst. All of a sudden, he heard a groan coming from the next room. Out of kindness, he went into the room to see what was wrong. He saw a pale man in his fifties in a cold sweat, covering his belly with his hands and moaning.

Luckily, Chake studied traditional Chinese medicine, and he could treat common illnesses. After examining the man, he believed the man’s pain was caused by a cold compounded by an unbalanced diet. He went back to his room and made a pot of strong tea with his high quality huoshan leaves for the man to drink. The hot tea gradually relieved the pain and the patient finally fell into a deep sleep.

The next morning, Chake brought some pastries and another pot of the yellow tea to the guest next door. While they talked and drank the tea, they clicked as though they had been friends for years. Chake’s new friend told him: “My family name is Zhao. I am from Beijing. Yesterday, I came here with friends, but since they had to take care of some business, I stayed here alone. I did not expect to become critically ill. If you had not helped me, I might have never gotten the chance to chat with you.” Chake replied: “It was our destiny to meet here. I am a tea merchant and I travel a lot. You never know. Someday, I may visit you in Beijing.”

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This yellow tea also provides such benefits as maintaining the health of eyes and teeth, improving the digestive system, and boosting one’s immunity. (Iateasquirrel/Wikipedia)

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