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GIAHS Pilot Site 10: Fuzhou Jasmine and Tea Culture System

DATE:2013-09-07       SOURCE:MOA
 

 

Adaptable to local micro-climate, Fuzhou Jasmine and Tea Culture System is built on 2000 years of evolution of growing tea on slopes and jasmine near waterways, delicate tea scenting techniques and rich tea drinking art and related cultural activities.

 

Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province, is located in southeast coastal China. The city is built at a river basin and surrounded by mountains. The climate is mild, rainfall is abundant and day-night temperature difference big, creating favorable conditions for jasmines to grow. And there is also the microclimate needed for tea trees -- jasmines are planted near rivers, while tea trees grow on slopes 600 to 1000 meters above sea level.

 

 

 

Jasmine, native to the Persian Gulf, was introduced from India to China 2000 years ago, while green tea, native to Fuzhou, even has a longer history. Fuzhou is the origin of jasmine tea and production started in Han Dynasty also 2000 years ago. As time goes by, distinct jasmine tea processing technique is developed. 

 

Jasmine tea is made through scenting of the mixture of baked green tea leaves and jasmine flower buds, thus retaining the nature of tea and health benefits of both tea and jasmine flowers. As baked tea leaves are used, jasmine tea is mild, and tastes bitter-sweet and cool, like the taste of China’s spring as people say.

 

 

 

Fuzhou Jasmine and Tea Culture System was designated as GIAHS in 2014.

 

GIAHS in China: Overview

GIAHS Pilot Site 1: Qingtian Rice-Fish Culture, Zhejiang

GIAHS Pilot Site 2: Hani Rice Terraces in Honghe, Yunnan

GIAHS Pilot Site 3: Wannian Traditional Rice Culture System

GIAHS Pilot Site 4: Dong's Rice Fish Duck System, Guizhou

GIAHS Pilot Site 5: Pu’er Traditional Tea Agrosystem, Yunan

GIAHS Pilot Site 6: Aohan Dryland Farming System, Inner Mongolia

GIAHS Pilot Site 7: Urban Agricultural Heritage of Xuanhua Grape Gardens, Hebei

GIAHS Pilot Site 8: Shaoxing Torreya Grandis cv. Merrillii Community, Zhejiang

GIAHS Pilot Site 9: Jiaxian Traditional Chinese Date Gardens

GIAHS Pilot Site 11: Xinghua Duotian Agrosystem

 

 

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