The story of Tea
There is nothing more relaxing on a cold winter evening than drinking a cup of tea. But where is this legendary drink from? There are many legends about the story of tea and in many ways they are similar. Let's have a look at one.The Emperor of China, Wan Tu, an evil, cruel man, was overthrown by his first minister and banished to a remote southern part of China. He sat in the shade of a large bush thinking of his revenge. As he was so poor that he could drink only hot water, he was delighted one day when some of the leaves of the bush fell into his saucepan of boiling water, and he discovered that the resulting brew was tasty, refreshing and relaxing. It cleared his mind so well that he sat under the bush for seven years drinking it, learning to regret all the wrongs he had carried out. He promised himself that he would try to make it up to his people. He named the drink Tai, meaning peace, because of the good effect it had on him. He returned to the capital city in disguise and become a valued and trusted adviser to his former first minister. He was so wise and so beloved by the people that when the minister died he was chosen as his successor, and ruled justly for years, introducing tea to the nation. Only on his death bed did Wan Tu reveal his true identity, and to show his respect for the wonderful changes that tea had caused in the emperor's personality, the poet Lu Yu wrote the Thai Ching the famous book of tea.
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