Mount Emei(峨眉山 in Chinese) locates at Sichuan province of Western China. It’s one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, And was nominated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
I almost forgot all the details about my Mount Emei tour many years ago. But when my father gave me this cup of green tea, I recognized it at once: It’s “ZhuYeQing” (竹叶青 in Chinese)!
The first and 15th days of every lunar month, Many Buddhist or a tourist will visit Mount Emei, Even during the cold Chinese new spring festival. Because a grand religious rituals will be held at the Wannian Temple on these days to honour Puxian bodhisattva(Samantabhadra).
I met such kind of ritual last time I visited Wannian Temple, But the most unforgetable thing about this 1,700 years old temple is a kind of green tea which only grow around Wannian Temple. It’s really like the tender bamboo leaf, So It’s it was named as ZhuYeQing(Bamboo Leaf Green) by Marshal Chen Yi On April 20, 1964 when he visited Mount Emei.
Today, we can see many kind of tea called ZhuYeQing. Zhuyeqing tea is also a company’s trademark for their tea product. But only very few of them are real ZhuYeQing green tea from Wannian Temple area. What a mess!
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