Tea from Shandong China

The text provides information about various types of tea and tea-producing regions in Shandong Province, China, along with some details about their characteristics, history, and processing methods.

Shandong Tea Production History 

  • Shandong is historically known for its significant contributions to various aspects, including agriculture and culture.
  • Tea production in Shandong began in the 1950s, overcoming unfavorable climatic conditions through modern technology.
  • Rizhao is the largest tea-growing district in Shandong, known for its abundant sunshine.

Popular Teas in Shandong, China

The most popular teas originating from Shandong, China are:

  • Rizhao Tea
  • Fulaiqing Tea
  • Taishan Tea

Rizhao Teas

  • Xueqing Tea: The first local tea brand in Shandong, grown in greenhouses with stable temperatures to prevent frost and snow damage. Processed between January and February.
  • Yunxiu Tea: Known for its chestnut scent, grown in a cloudy and misty environment. Rich in selenium and amino acids.
  • Processing of Rizhao teas involves modern techniques such as soilless and pollution-free cultivation.
  • The leaves are stirred, rolled (hot or cool rolling), and dried before selling.

Linyi Area and Fulaiqing Tea

  • Fulaiqing tea is famous in the Linyi area, with its factory established in 1978.
  • The tea factory focused on improving tea tree seedlings and later transformed into a modern tea processing factory.
  • Fulaiqing tea was invented in 1995.

Taishan Tea

  • Taishan Mountains in northern Shandong is the northernmost tea-producing area.
  • The Taishan area has a humid and sunny climate during spring and autumn, with varying day-to-night temperatures that help accumulate nutrients.
  • Popular brands include Jingkou and Taohuayu teas.

Characteristics of Shandong Teas

  • Shandong teas are noted for their milder aroma compared to southern teas.
  • The full aroma of Shandong tea is released only when fully steeped, making multi-brewing less efficient.
  • Most northern teas, including Shandong teas, are machine-made, making them more affordable and abundant.
  • Debates exist on whether modern techniques should replace traditional ones, with differing opinions among experts.

Coexistence of Modern and Traditional Tea Production

  • The tea industry in Shandong combines modern and traditional methods.
  • Small workshops coexist with large factories, catering to different consumer preferences and maintaining a healthy tea market.