A special exhibition on tea culture opened its doors at the Palace Museum in Beijing recently.
The exhibition showcases 555 artifacts and sets, tracing the development and widespread influence of tea culture over thousands of years. It also embodies the Chinese philosophical pursuit of unity between heaven and humanity.
Among the highlights of the exhibition were ancient tea tree root remnants unearthed from the Tianluoshan site in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province. The discovery of these remnants pushes back the history of Chinese tea cultivation to around 6,000 years ago.
Also, the exhibition includes tea bowls and tea remnants dating back to the Warring States period (475BC-221BC) that were discovered in tombs in Zoucheng, Shandong Province. Through scientific testing, these remnants have been confirmed as the earliest physical evidence of tea consumption after brewing or steeping…