Jing Shan tea also known as Jing Shan Mao Feng is a kind of Chinese green tea, produced in Hangzhou City of Zhejiang Province. It is a specialty of Hangzhou and is a national geographical indication product of China.
Shan means “Mountain”. Jing Shan (Jing Mountain) is 50 kilometers northwest of Hangzhou City. The Jing Shan tea trees are growing in this mountain, so the tea produced here is called Jing Shan tea.
Hangzhou City is also the hometown of Longjing tea, which is more famous than Jing Shan tea, but both of them are high-quality tea.
1. History of Jing Shan tea
According to historical records, in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Jing Shan began to plant tea trees and produce tea. It can be said that Jing Shan tea is one of the oldest tea in Zhejiang Province.
Jing Shan is famous in Buddhism. There was a Buddhist temple called Jing Shan Temple built in the Tang Dynasty, which is the first of the five Buddhist temples in the south of the Yangtze River. At that time, there were more than 1,700 monks in that temple.
After the Jing Shan Temple and Jing Shan tea became famous, Lu Yu, the sage of tea, came here. He and a seclusive general planted, made, and studied tea in Jing Shan.
Japanese monks also went to Jing Shan for many times to study and carry out cultural exchanges. According to historical records, the “Jing Shan Tea Feast” was introduced to Japan at that time. The popular “Tea Ceremony” in Japan is originated from the popular “Tea Feast” in Jing Shan Temple.
The mountain, the temple, the tea, and the Buddhist culture are closely related to each other, which forms a very rich cultural history and accumulation of Jing Shan tea.
In 1991, Jing Shan tea was awarded the title of “Famous Tea of Chinese Culture”.
2. Characteristics of Jing Shan tea
The soil on Jing Shan is loose and rich in trace elements, which is the best soil condition for tea trees. Jing Shan is wet and rainy all the year round, which is very conducive to the formation of the natural quality of Jing Shan tea.
Jing Shan tea is usually picked in April. The picking standard is one bud with one leaf or one bud with two leaves. Producing one kilogram of special-grade Jing Shan tea need about 62,000 fresh buds.
The shape of the dried Jing Shan tea is slender and slightly curled; its color is green and sometimes covered with white hair.
After brewing, its tea soup is light green and looks clear. And it has a long-lasting fresh fragrance.
Make a cup of Jing Shan tea in a glass. You will enjoy its true color, fragrance, and taste. And it will give you a multiple satisfaction of the senses and spirit.
3. Health benefits of Jing Shan tea
Jing Shan tea contains many components, such as amino acids, mineral elements, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, flavonoids, polyphenols.
It has high iron, selenium, zinc, and chromium, which is beneficial to improve the function of the hematopoietic system and endocrine system.
Besides, Jing Shan tea has some other effects of green tea, such as diuresis, anti-cancer, anti-aging, weight loss, reducing blood sugar and blood lipid, etc.