Recently, a “Forbidden City tree-shaped “Hua Juan Tea” collected by the Palace Museum during the Jiaqing period of the Qing Dynasty was transported back to its birthplace, Anhua County, Hunan Province, the hometown of dark tea. “Jiaqing imperial tea” returned to its hometown, revealing the past and present lives of Anhua dark tea such as “Qian Liang Tea”.
As a tribute tea entering into the
Palace during the Jiaqing period, it was found by the staff of the Palace
Museum when cleaning up the daily necessities of the Emperor Jiaqing in 1983.
The birthplace of the Forbidden City tree-shaped “Hua Juan Tea”is Anhua County, located
in the “Golden Tea belt” at 30 degrees north latitude, belonging to
Xuefeng mountain area. With lush mountains, lucid rivers and thick fog, coupled
with the unique moraine landform, it breeds a well-known and excellent tea
variety in China – “Large leaf species of Yuntai Mountain”. The tea leaf is
soft, plump with strong plasticity. It is used to make Anhua dark tea, which
has special mellow aroma and health care efficacy . The Forbidden City
tree-shaped “Hua Juan Tea” hoarded by Jiaqing is made of Anhua raw tea, and its
quality is in line with modern “Qian Liang tea” and other Anhua dark