China Tea Postage Stamps Part I Of II
Tea drinking in China has been well documented for many hundreds of years. In the Han Dynasty (206BC to 220AD), tea drinking was a popular drink among the people of Southern China. Tea was made from boiling mint, dates, dogwood, orange peels, and leeks together in a pot. Tea drinking changed a bit during the Song Dynasty (960AD to 1279AD) when tea leaves were ground into a powder, dissolved in water, and whipped into a frothy tasty drink.
The Ming Dynasty (1368 AD to 1644AD) changed tea consumption again in China and is credited with how we drink tea in modern day society. The Ming Dynasty used refined tea leaves in a controlled hot cup of water to make their perfect cup of tea. It was in this time period that common flowers were introduced to make flavored teas that we all enjoy today. Orchid, orange flowers, water lilies, and Osmanthus were common flowers that were used in ancient teas in China.
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