All the tea in China

Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness

The popular expression ‘all the tea in China’ signifies the very highest value with which one can barter and succinctly illustrates the great importance of tea in Chinese culture. Discovered according to popular legend by Emperor Shennong over 4000 years ago, tea is considered one of the ‘seven necessities’ of life alongside salt, vinegar, soy sauce, rice, oil and firewood.
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