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Buddha Tea of Mount Putuo in E. China

2012-04-24 03:22:42 GMT2012-04-24 11:22:42(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Monks of Mount Putuo perform during a ritual of tasting Buddha tea in Zhoushan City, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 23, 2012.(Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Monks of Mount Putuo perform during a ritual of tasting Buddha tea in Zhoushan City, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 23, 2012.(Xinhua/Xu Yu)

A monk of Mount Putuo picks Buddha tea in Zhoushan City, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 23, 2012.(Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Monks of Mount Putuo pick Buddha tea in Zhoushan City, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 23, 2012.(Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Ladies perform tea ceremony during a ritual of tasting Buddha tea in Zhoushan City, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 23, 2012.(Xinhua/Xu Yu)

A lady performs tea ceremony during a ritual of tasting Buddha tea in Zhoushan City, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

A lady performs tea ceremony during a ritual of tasting Buddha tea in Zhoushan City, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

The Buddha Tea of Mount Putuo, which is planted around the local temples, is well-known for its good taste and its connotation of Buddhist culture.

The Buddha Tea can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was used to be tribute to Buddha or gift to noble guests. Currently, there are 4,080 mu (272 hectares) of Buddha tea planted in the Putuo District of Zhoushan City.

With the annual yield of 120 metric tons on average, the Buddha tea creates more than 10 million yuan (1.5 million U.S. dollars) of production value for the local economy.

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