The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Tea drinking in China

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807. The Chinese drink their tea without either milk or sugar: they partake of it plentifully at their meals, and very frequently in the course of the day. One mode of using it, amongst the higher ranks, is by grating into the cup balls made of the most valuable leaves cemented together by some kind of tasteless gum. (Gard. Mag., vol. iv, p. 457.)