外事好禮 | 千年金山紅古樹紅茶 像秋天太陽般溫暖
外事好禮 | 千年金山紅古樹紅茶 像秋天太陽般溫暖
2021 “Chongqing Gifts” Competition: Best Travel Gifts (Cultural & Creative) • Gifts for Foreign Affairs Events was co-hosted by the Chongqing Culture and Tourism Development Commission, Chongqing Municipal Foreign Affairs Office and Chongqing Rongchang District People’s Government.The Competition evaluated entries from 45 cities, districts and counties of Chongqing and Sichuan Province based on whether they were locally unique, strong in brand, practical, innovative, competitive, artistic and exemplary. In the end, 80 outstanding products were selected to be gifts for foreign affairs events in Chongqing. In this special column, Chongqing Municipal Foreign Affairs Service Center is going to tell the stories about these products.
The moon melt into the bubbling brook with the pines stand by;
Beside the dewy plum trees, the cloud-like steam floated towards the sky.
This poem brings us back to the tranquil night when the poet was making tea in the mountains. Jinshan black tea also originates in the mountains – Gold Buddha Mountain in Nanchuan District, Chongqing.
As one of the four famous mountains in Sichuan and Chongqing, Gold Buddha Mountain was acquainted with tea production over 3,000 years ago. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Gaozhi tea, a kind of oolong tea that grew in this mountain, created a sensation in the capital city Chang’an (today’s Xi’an). It was spoken highly of by Bai Juyi and Huang Tingjian, two famous poets in ancient China who sojourned in Chongqing. At present, Dashu tea that Gold Buddha Mountain produces is the relict species of Gaozhi tea. With a life span of over 2,700 years, the tallest Dashu tea tree in the mountain has won reputation of “the ancestor of tea” in the industry. Dashu tea is “exclusive to China and superior in the world”. In addition, the favorable ecological environment has made Gold Buddha Mountain “a repository of natural plants”. The leaves of those ancient tea trees are plump in shape, soft in texture and bright in color. They are also rich in polyphenol and amino acid, and contains moderate caffeine. It’s fair enough to say that they are the perfection for making black tea.
Black tea leaves; orange-red beverage.
Mellow and fragrant; rich in aftertaste.
After long brewing; flavor and color retained.
On July 5th, 2019, Chongqing Tourism Promotion was held at China Cultural Center (Sydney) under the theme: “A Land of Natural Beauty, A City with Cultural Appeal”. During the Promotion, the vintage Jinshan black tea from Nanchuan District, Chongqing was well received by Australian friends. Greatly surprised by its pleasant smell, sweet aftertaste and bright color, they expressed curiosity about its making process.
Walking into the processing workshop of Jinshan black tea, you will be greeted by the rich tea aroma. Jinshan black tea, especially the handmade, is processed with sophisticated techniques to extremely strict standards. The fresh leaves must be harvested during 9 and 10 am on sunny days, and then wither under the sun. Next, the leaves are kneaded and rolled for seven rounds, each lasting for a specified time. Then, the tea will turn brown under fermentation. Heat control is crucial in this process, because any deviation in temperature will not make the perfect tea. Together with Chongqing Ancient Tree Tea Research Institute, Chongqing Jinshanhu Agricultural Development Co., Ltd has grasped the essence of ancient tea making techniques originated from Gold Buddha Mountain. In line with the freshness standards, the company uses tea buds and the youngest leaves as raw materials. Using modern, digital tea making equipment and through repeated production, practice, exploration and innovation, the company eventually worked out a unique set of tea making process for this vintage Jinshan black tea.
“It is different from the way how British black tea mixes and matches, different from its strong and potent flavor as well.”
This is how a foreign guest commented the vintage Jinshan black tea, the designated black tea drink for 2019 Smart China Expo.
“Jinshan black tea is soft, sweet, and good to drink. It is a kind of black tea as warm as the autumn sunshine.”
2020年、2021年入選“重慶好禮 · 外事禮品”