Posted: 07.12.2022 09:57:00

China’s traditional tea-making joins UNESCO Cultural Heritage List

The Chinese traditional technique of producing and preparing tea was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, Xinhua reports


The news agency writes that the item ‘Traditional Tea Processing Techniques and Associated Social Practices in China’ passed the examination at the 17th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is taking place in Morocco from November 28th to December 3rd. Thus, the list of intangible cultural heritage includes knowledge, skills and practices related to the management of tea plantations, collecting tea leaves, their manual processing, as well as drinking and joint use of tea.

There are more than two thousand types of tea products in China. There are varieties for every taste: green tea, black, yellow, red, white, oolong, floral. Tea in China plays an important role not only in the daily life of people; it is also part of social interaction and ceremonies, e.g., weddings, religious rituals.

China now boasts 43 items on the intangible cultural heritage list, continuing to be the most enlisted country in the world.