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Tibetan tea -- new bright spot among tourism resources
09:08, February 17, 2009  

Tibetan tea, or butter tea, as a major product in southwest China's Tibet, is expected to be a new bright spot at an upcoming souvenir promoting event.

In June, the "First Tibet Autonomous Region Tour Souvenir Contest," hosted jointly by the Tourism Bureau of Tibet, and other organizations, will select and promote a set of excellent souvenirs, which will be made to be brand products to help expand the market share of Tibetan tourism souvenirs.

The trademark of Tibetan tea has already been registered as "Great Tibet" and been posted on the website of China's Trademark Office of State Administration for Industry and Commerce. The trademark includes 30 types of tea trademarks. With deeper exploration of Tibet tourism resources, Tibetan tea will be appreciated by more people and its culture made more popular.

Tibetan tea is best known for relieving tiredness and altitude sickness. It is believed to do much more good to human bodies. The tea has medical effects like anti-oxidation, reducing the index of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipemia, resisting radiation and mutation, improving the function of gastrointestinal tract and metastasis, detoxicating and optimizing water quality and increasing the oxygen that hemoglobin carries.

According to historical data, Tibetan tea originated from the time of Songtsan Gamoi in the 7th century when the Han Princess Wencheng brought it to Tibet. Since then, tea had been appreciated with Tibetans and with the opening of the Ancient Tea Route, trading tea for horses became increasingly popular between Han people and ethnic minorities, facilitating the communication and amalgamation of different ethnic groups.

Tibetan tea is a major drink for Tibetans and drinking it is a regular part of Tibetan life. The tea falls into different categories according to historical times and local customs. A typical black tea, it is picked from trees growing up on mountains more than 1,000 meters high above sea level, processed with unique skills and it fermented during storage and transportation.  

In recent years, driven by flourishing tourism, the Tibetan tea is becoming growingly popular and drinking the beverage is becoming a fashion. In the near future, it may outdo Pu'er Tea, a topnotch from neighboring Yunnan Province, and become another miracle in the Chinese tea culture.

Source: Xinhua

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