According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it. One day, while the servant began boiling water for him, a dead leaf from a wild tea bush fell into the water. The servant didn’t notice it and presented the water to the emperor who tasted it and found it very refreshing. Tea came then into being.
China is considered to have the earliest records of tea drinking, with recorded tea use in its history dating back to the first millennium BC. The Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) used tea as medicine. The use of tea as a beverage drunk for pleasure on social occasions dates from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) or earlier. The custom of drinking tea widened its scope of influence at high speed and penetrated into nooks of people’s daily life. Whenever a guest or a casual visitor arrived, the offer of a cup of tea would show at least respect, if not friendship and affection. Therefore, for more than a thousand years, the serving of tea to a guest has been the universal etiquette in China.
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