The China History Podcast

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 a medicine to an enjoyable and inspirational beverage. 


Charen 茶人  Tea Person

Shen Nong    Shen Nong, the Divine Farmer

Sui Wendi  隋文帝  Founding emperor of the Sui Dynasty

Sui Yangdi 帝  Wendi's son, a man of many excesses

Fuchai  夫差  King of the Wu State

Han Gou  汗垢  The Han Canal

Jin Dynasty  晉朝  The Jin Dynasty

Tang Taizong  唐太宗  Tang emperor Taizong

Cha Ma Gudao  茶馬古道  The Ancient Tea Horse Road

Cha    Tea

Tu    Former name of tea before the Tang Dynasty

Gong Cha  貢茶  Tribute tea

Qingming 清明節  The Qingming Festival

Biancha    Border Tea

Qiang    The Qiang people 羌族

Baojianpin 保健品  health products

Zhang Qian  张骞 Western Han adventurer and diplomat

Shu yu niao zhi lu  鼠与之旅  The road of mice and birds

Wencheng Gongzhu  文成公主  Princess Wencheng

Songzan Ganbu  干布  Songstan Gampo

Suyoucha  酥油茶  Tibetan buttered tea

Qionglai    Tea town outside of Chengdu

Ya’an  雅安  Tea town outside of Chengdu

Wenchuan  汶川  Tea town outside of Chengdu

Leshan    Tea town outside of Chengdu

Saicho 最澄  Japanese Monk

Emperor Saga  嵯峨天皇  Emperor Saga of Japan

Mt. Hiei  比叡山  Mountain near Kyoto where the Enryakuji is located

Tiantai Buddhism 天台宗  The Tiantai sect of Buddhism

Eisai  西 Song era Japanese monk

Cha Jing茶经 The Classic of Tea

Dezong Emperor  德宗帝  The Dezong Emperor

Lu Tong  卢仝  The great poet and bon vivant

Qi Wan Shi 七碗诗 Seven Bowls of Tea

An Lushan  安禄山  Rebel Leader who launched a rebellion from 755-763

Yangxian Zisun Cha  阳羡紫笋茶  Yangxian Purple Bamboo Tea

Yue qi  越器  Yue ware from Yuezhou near Shaoxing

Xing ware  邢窑  Xing ware from Hebei


Direct download: CHP-141-The_History_of_Tea_Part_2.mp3
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CHP-140-The History of Tea Part 1

Laszlo is back with a new ten-part CHP series covering the history of tea from its mythical discovery clear through to the 20th century.  


Sanhuang Wudi 三皇五帝 The Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors

Wang Xufeng  王旭烽  One of China’s great writers and Tea Ambassadors

Mao Dun Prize  茅盾  China’s answer to the Booker or Pulitzer Prizer

Charen Sanbu Qu  茶人三部曲 Trilogies of the Teamen, written by Wang Xufeng

Wang Laoshi  王老  Respectful salutation, “Teacher Wang”

Yipian Shuye de Gushi  一片叶的故事   The Story of a Leaf

Yuantou  fountainhead, source

Li Yuan  李渊 Tang founder Tang Gaozu

Li Shimin  李世民 Son of Li Yuan and co-founder of the dynasty

Emperor Xuan  宣帝 Han Emperor Xuan

Wang Bao   王褒 Western Han individual involved in a contract for a servant

Wuyang  武阳  City on the Jiangxi-Fujian border, home of an ancient tea market

Jiangxi   江西 Province in eastern China

Nanchang  南昌 Capital of Jiangxi Province

Cha    Tea

Jia   a former character for tea

Tu     ancient name for tea

Chuan     a former character for tea

She     a former character for tea                

Ming    a former character for tea

Lu Yu    The tea saint, writer of the Cha Jing

Cha Jing     The Classic of Tea

Cha Sheng  茶圣  The Tea Saint, Lu Yu

Shen Nong    The Divine Farmer, Shennong

Wugu Xiandi  五谷先帝The Emperor of the Five Grains, another nickname of Shen Nong

Shen Nong Bencao Jing  本草  Shen Nong’s Materia Medica or Herbal

Baicha   白茶  White tea or plain boiled water

Cha Lin  茶林  Village in Hunan where Shen Nong died

Zhangjiajie   家界  Beautiful scenic area in northwest Hunan

Ren     person

Liang Shiqiu   秋   One of China's greatest lexicograpers of the 20th century. His 新實用漢英辭典 was my first and favorite dictionary going back to 1979.

Kucai   苦菜  Bitter vegetable

Shijing   诗经  The Book of Songs

Liji    The Book of Rites

Fujian  福建  Fujian province

Guangdong    广  Guangdong province

Guangzhou   广州  Guangzhou, a.k.a Canton

Xiamen     Xiamen in Fujian

Fuzhou   福州  Fuzhou or Foochow as it was once called

Quanzhou  泉州  Coastal port city in Fujian

Shuowen Jiezi  文解字  Han Dynasty Dictionary 

Cun  Village

Chan Buddhism    Zen Buddhism

Zhou Xin 紂辛  Di Xin, 帝辛, Infamous last king of the Shang Dynasty                 

Jiuchi Roulin   酒池肉林  The Wine Pool and Meat Forest.

Chengdu   成都  Capital of Sichuan

Gan Lu Cha  甘露茶  Sweet Dew Tea, the famous tea of Mengding Shan.

Wu Lizhen  吴里真 Buddhist Monk credited with the cultivation of tea on Mengding Shan.

Mengding Shan  Mountain in Sichuan where tea cultivation began in China

Xian Cha   仙茶  The Tea of the Immortals, a.k.a. Gan Lu Tea from the seven original trees

Ya’an  雅安  City outside Chengdu famous for tea

Qionglai     City outside Chengdu famous for tea

Sanguo Zhi  三国志  Record of the Three Kingdoms

Sun Hao    Eastern Wu king known for his drunkeness

Wei Yao   Loyal official to Sun Hao

Sima Yan     (also known as 晋武帝) Jin Dynasty founder

Jin  晋朝  The Jin Dynasty

Shang-Zhou-Han   商周  The three dynasties of Shang-Zhou Han

Luoyang  洛阳   One of China’s ancient capitals

Chang’an    One of China’s ancient capitals  (present day Xian)

Qin Shihuang  秦始皇  Qin dynasty founder

Er Ya    The first dictionary in China

Guangya   广雅  An updated version of the Er Ya

Longjing    Village outside Hangzhou famous for Longjing, Dragon Well tea

Shu Guo  蜀国  The kingdom of Shu, present day Sichuan

Sanxingdui  三星堆  Neolithic ruins discovered outside Chengdu

Ba Shu   巴蜀  Ancient state from the Shu Kingdom

Zhou King Wu    周武王  Brother of the Duke of Zhou, conquering king.

Haojing      Western Zhou Capital

Ying Zheng  嬴政  The future Qin Shihuang

Han Wudi  武帝  The great martial emperor of the Western Han

Liu Song   刘宋  1st dynasty in the south during the Nanbei Chao, 420-479

Wucheng  婺城 District of Jinhua in Zhejiang, Province.

Nanbei Chao  南北朝  The Northern and Southern Dynasties

Zhuge Liang  葛亮  Great strategist and statesman of the 3 Kingdoms period

Yang Jian  杨暕 Second Sui emperor and grandson of founder Wendi.

Sui Wendi  隋文帝  Founder of the Sui Dynasty

Taishan   台山  City in southern Guangdong, southwest of Jiangmen.




Link to CCTV Documentary THE STORY OF A LEAF


Direct download: CHP-140-The_History_of_Tea_Part_1.mp3
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