Friday, September 19, 2008

Tea Manual

Tea Manual by Zhu Quan, aka Prince Ning, 17th son of Ming dynasty founder Emperor Hongwu in 1440, is a milestone work.

Following his father Emperor Hongwu's ban on manufacturing of tea cake, Prince Ning advocated a simpler way of steeping loose tea, a radical departure from the sophisticated tea cake ceremony of Tang and Song dynasty, thus pioneered a new era in Chinese Tea Culture.

Prince Ning also invented a tea stove called "Koojiejun".

* On Property of Tea
* Storage,
* Brewing,
* Flower Tea,
* Ten teawares,
* Fire,
* Ranking of water.

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