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Reviving millennium-old Liubao tea along the Maritime Silk Road

Xinhua | May 20, 2024


Liubao tea, a Chinese dark tea characterized by its strong and lingering fragrance and medical effects, boasts a history of more than 1,500 years.

Over a century ago, as one of the major commodities, Liubao tea was exported along the old maritime Silk Road to Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.

Liubao tea has long been popular in overseas Chinese communities. Its fame grew significantly overseas in the second half of the 19th century among Chinese migrants in Southeast Asia, who used it as a herbal remedy in the hot, humid climate.

Its production process and long history have led to Liubao tea being recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage. The public brand value of Wuzhou Liubao tea reached 4.403 billion yuan in 2023. Wuzhou has over 310,000 mu (about 20,667 hectares) of tea plantations, with an output value exceeding 16 billion yuan (about 2.24 billion U.S. dollars).