China’s traditional tea-making enters Unesco cultural heritage list

China’s traditional tea-making was added to Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list.

The item “Traditional tea processing techniques and associated social practices in China” passed the examination at the 17th session of the Unesco Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage currrently underway in the Moroccan capital of Rabat, reports Xinhua news agency.

China now has 43 items on the intangible cultural heritage list, continuing to be the most enlisted country in the world.

The traditional tea processing techniques and associated social practices in China consist of knowledge, skills, and practices concerning the management of tea plantations, picking of tea leaves, manual processing, drinking, and sharing of tea.

Since ancient times, Chinese people have been planting, picking, making and drinking tea.

Tea producers have developed six categories of tea: green, yellow, dark, white, oolong and black teas.

Together with reprocessed teas, such as flower-scented teas, there are over 2,000 tea products in China.

Tea is ubiquitous in Chinese people’s daily life, as steeped or boiled tea is served in families, workplaces, tea houses, restaurants and temples, to name a few, Unesco said.

It is also an important part of socialization and ceremonies such as weddings and sacrifices, it added.

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