King of Tea Trees

China is the first country which discovers and makes full use of tea tree. As a popular beverage, tea has been consumed in China for thousands of years. There are many stories about tea tree. The roots of tea’s time-honored history begin on the slopes of southern Yunnan province, where many ancient tea plantations are found. The tea plants found in Yunnan are of the Big Leaf Tree variety. These plants produce leaves that are larger than the China Bush variety plants.

King of Tea Trees King of Tea Trees

People boiled water to make tea, killing water-borne bacteria and reducing the incidence of illness. however, the demand for Yunnan puer tea rapidly increased as the product was introduced to Tibet and other regions of China. It was during the Tang that China’s tea culture blossomed. With new upsurge of tea culture, King of Tea trees has drawn attentions from tea-lover and tourist all over the world.

Deeply rooting in the valley of Bada Village to the southwest of the Menghai County, the "King of tea trees" has lived through over 1700 years. The tree was originally 32.12 meters in height. Having been broken off by strong wind in 1967, it is only 14.7 meters high with a 0.9- meter diameter at present. Wild in nature but being grown by man, the "King of tea trees" is a miracle in the man-growing tea tree history in China and also the living evidence for research on the tea history. It has been proven King of tea is the biggest wild tea tree ever existed in the world. Nimble pluckers would climb up to the treetops each year and pick only the newly budding tealeaves, allowing the trees to produce tea for centuries. Catechuic acid percentage is up to 46.5%, far higher than cultivated tea trees, which is the key element in tea to help prevent high blood pressure, cancers and other illnesses. 

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