Zhu Ye Qing Tea

Zhu Ye Qing tea also known as Emei Zhu Ye Qing is a kind of Chinese green tea, produced in Emei Mountain of Sichuan Province. Emei Mountain is a 5A tourist attraction of China.

Zhu Ye Qing tea is literally called Bamboo Leafage Green. Zhu means “bamboo”, Ye means “leafage”, and Qing means “green”. It is a famous green tea created in the 1960s and its name was taken by Marshal Chen Yi in 1964.

Zhu Ye Qing has the title of “National Tea Classic”.

1. History of Zhu Ye Qing tea

Emei Mountain is an area where the tea was planted very early in China and it has a long history of tea production. As early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the tea produced in Emei Mountain had already be listed as a tribute tea.

Zhu Ye Qing tea has a deep origin with Buddhist culture. At the end of the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC- 8 AD), Buddhism was introduced into China.

Because a long time of meditation can easily make monks tired and sleepy and tea has the effects of refreshing, quenching thirst and eliminating fatigue, tea became the most ideal drink. In addition, many monks and Taoist use tea for self-cultivation.

Buddhist culture is an important part of the history and culture of Emei Mountain and there are many temples on Emei Mountain. Emei Zhu Ye Qing tea was created by the eminent monks in the Wan Nian Temple in the 1960s. But at that time, there was no official name for Zhu Ye Qing tea.

Until April 1964, when Marshal Chen Yi passed through Sichuan Province and arrived at Emei Mountain. He rested in Wan Nian Temple on the mountainside. An old monk made a cup of green tea for him.  A fresh fragrance wafted from the tea. Marshal Chen Yi drank two sips and felt refreshed and relaxed.

He asked the old monk what name the tea was. The old monk said there was no name for the tea and he asked Marshal Chen Yi to take a name for the tea. Marshal Chen Yi saw the tea like bamboo leaves, so he named it Zhu Ye Qing (Bamboo Leafage Green). Since then, Zhu Ye Qing tea has an official name.

After decades of development, Zhu Ye Qing tea has become a famous green tea and a famous green tea brand. In 2006, it was given as a gift to Russian President Putin.

2. Characteristics of Zhu Ye Qing tea

Zhu Ye Qing tea grows on the mountainside of Emei Mountain, 800-1200 meters above sea level. Emei Mountain is surrounded by clouds all the year round, with diversified soil and abundant water source, which is very suitable for the growth of Zhu Ye Qing tea.

The fresh leaves used for making Zhu Ye Qing tea are very delicate and the processing technology is very fine. The finishing of Zhu Ye Qing tea is usually done by handwork.

Spring is the best time for picking Zhu Ye Qing tea and spring tea is the best tea in a year. The picked fresh leaves are usually one bud with one leaf or with two leaves.

The shape of the dried Zhu Ye Qing tea is flat and straight; the color of it is green and shiny; the fragrance is fresh; the tea soup is green-yellow and looks very clear. The taste of Zhu Ye Qing tea is relatively strong in green tea.

3. Health benefits of Zhu Ye Qing tea

Zhu Ye Qing tea can quench thirst and relieve summer heat. It has good effects on detoxification and diuretic.

Zhu Ye Qing tea can help people to improve their thinking, eliminate fatigue, and improve their work efficiency.

Tea polyphenols and vitamin C in Zhu Ye Qing tea have the effect of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis to prevent arteriosclerosis. Therefore, among those who drink tea regularly, the incidence of hypertension and coronary heart disease is lower.

Zhu Ye Qing tea has the effect of sterilization. It can be used to treat intestinal diseases, such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery, enteritis, etc.

Flavonoids in Zhu Ye Qing tea have an anti-cancer effect.

Here are the main benefits of Zhu Ye Qing tea:

  • Diuresis
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-cancer
  • Sterilization
  • Clearing heat
  • Detoxification
  • Refreshing brain
  • Preventing arteriosclerosis
  • Inhibiting cardiovascular disease
  • Etc.