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The China History Podcast

Since 2010, Laszlo Montgomery has presented The China History Podcast, bringing you the greatest hits from ancient and modern Chinese History. 

Dec 27, 2014

The China History Podcast's ten-part History of Tea continues with this sixth episode.  The time is now the late Ming and Qing dynasty.  Now Western people are getting a nice close look at tea and imagining the possibilities. 

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Dec 20, 2014

In this episode, Laszlo looks at tea in the Ming dynasty. This is when loose-leaf tea, Jingdezhen and Yixing teapots hit the big time.

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Dec 13, 2014

This time in History of Tea Part 4 we continue along the timeline and look at tea in the Song Dynasty. Tea may have been brought to great heights during the Tang but during the Song, it reached a completely new level in terms of popularity, commerce, and recognition.

Dec 6, 2014

In Part 3 of our grand ten-part series on the history of tea, we take a closer look at the life of the Tea Saint, Lu Yu and his great work "The Classic of Tea".

Nov 29, 2014

Laszlo continues his 10-part series introducing the history of tea in China from ancient times to the modern age. This time the focus is on the 7th to 9th centuries during the Tang Dynasty. Tea by now has been transformed from medicine to an enjoyable and inspirational beverage.