Tea is one of the most common drinks in Chinese people’s daily life. It is usually served in families, workplaces, tea houses, restaurants, and temples. Therefore, drinking tea has become an indispensable part of Chinese life and culture.
China’s State Council reported on November 30 that its traditional tea-making successfully entered UNESCO cultural heritage list on November 29.
At the 17th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Moroccan capital, the item “Traditional tea processing techniques and associated social practices in china” passed the test.
China, which continues to be the most enlisted nation in the world, now has 43 items on the intangible cultural heritage list.
Wang Yongjian, head of the Chinese delegation to the UNESCO session, said that the inscription would increase public awareness of Chinese cultural heritage and encourage respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.
He added, “We will apply for and promote more of the intangible cultural heritage projects with Chinese characteristics and showcasing Chinese spirit and wisdom, so as to better promote Chinese culture to go global.”
China tea-making skills refer to different practices, such as the management of tea plantations, tea-leaf picking, manual processing, drinking and sharing of tea.
There are 6 categories of tea, namely green, yellow, dark, white, oolong, and black. Over 2,000 tea products are available in China, including reprocessed teas like flower-scented teas.