Tea is the ubiquitous Chinese drink. In welcoming guests, chatting with friends, and celebrating special occasions, serving tea is a necessary social ritual.

According to legend, tea was discovered when some leaves accidentally fell into an emperor’s cup. Since then, tea-drinking has become embedded as part of China’s cultural heritage. While Shanghai may have 25 Starbucks coffee stores, the city has 3,000 cafes specializing in tea! Recently, a museum and amusement park dedicated to tea were opened in Fujian province, a region that grows China’s famous oolong tea.

-Today in the Word, p. 18

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