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The origin of Tieguanyin tea

Xiping Town, Anxi is the famous birthplace of Tieguanyin. There are two legends about the origin of "Tieguanyin":

  • Wang said: According to legend, Wang Shishi, an official in Yaoyangyan (Nanyan Village, Xiping Town), Xiping, met with friends at Nanxuan in the spring of the first year of Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1736). The tea tree is different, so it was transplanted in the garden of Nanxuan, cultivated carefully, and the finished product was picked and smelled fragrant. In the sixth year of Qianlong's reign, Wang Feng was summoned to Beijing to present the tea to Fang Bao , the servant, who then presented it to the inner court. Emperor Qianlong , who was well versed in the tea ceremony, gave it the name "Tie Guanyin" for his tea, which is moist and firm, heavy like "iron", beautiful in taste, fragrance and shape, just like "Guanyin".

  • Wei said: According to legend, during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty, there was an old tea farmer named Wei Yin in Songlintou of Songyan Village, Xiping, who believed in Guanyin and offered a cup of tea by burning incense every day. One night, I dreamed that I went out with a hoe, walked to the edge of a stream, and found a tea tree in the crevice of the stone. The next day, he followed the path in his dream and found a strange tea tree. He dug it back and planted it in a broken iron cauldron at home. Wei Yin believed that it was the gift of Guanyin's dream , which was placed in an iron tripod after transplantation, and the leaves were as heavy as iron in color. Hence the name "Tieguanyin". At present, Wei Yin discovered the Tieguanyin tea tree site - Songyan Dashikeng.

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