3000 B.C Shen Nong discovered tea and started to cultivate it
2000 B.C Zhou Dynasty , King Wen said he recieved tea as tribute from tribal heads
300 B.C Fresh leaves were boiled with water, got to be dalily beverage
221 - 206 B.C Qin Dynasty, Shangdong governor Liu Kun wrote , his nephew sent some "real Tea" when he
was feeling old and depressed
317 - 420 Easten Jin Dynasty, Poet described " Fragrant tea superimposes the six passions; the taste for it
spreads over the nine districts"
347 A book about tea by Chang Ju, Traetise on the Kingdom of Huayang
467 Chinese records noted tea was bigun to use to bater trade with Turkic Peoples
500 A oldest medicine book , Shen Nong's Canon of Medicinal Herbs
618 - 907 Tang Dynasty , Tea drinking became an art
674 - 680 An inventive woman o fthe Tang dynasty, who is knwon only as the daughter of the military official Cui Ning,
mad e amajor contribution to tea equipmetn- the saucer ..
729 Tang Dynasty, Emperor Shomu served tea to a 100 Japanese Monks, then the Japanese surmise that
brought back tea was their mission to China
733 - 804 Lu Yu achieved a famouse book " The Book of Tea "
960 - 1279 Song Dynasty allowed for more subsidiary crops , this became possible for tea to move from
Luxury role to a necessity
1107 A book by Song Dynasty King Hui Zong , Treatise on Tea (Da Guan Cha Lun)
1012 The greatest tea tasters probably were burn in
1285 Kublai Khan Marco Polo in his Polo Travels wrote, finance minister had been reprimanded for
enforcing the tea tax too ruthlessly
1610 The first tea reached Europe on Dutch ships from Java
1610 The value of tea as a commodity had been recognized
1610 The potters and porcelain first brought to Europe by the Dutch , then widely popular in their country by 1675
1620 Smoking inducted with tobacco made the drug easy to use. Demark rose and Portugese merchants, followed by
British, added to the Chinese stocks. Easy access to opium spurred by its dealers' profit motive caused a runaway spiral of addiction.
1630s on The Dutch, Europe's first tea drinkers did not begin us milk , but often with saffron, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
1637 In Dutch East India Co. Journey dairy : As tea begins to come int o use by some of people , we expected some jors of Chinese as well
as Japanese tea with each ship"
1637 Peter Mundy , a Chinese samovar , chronicled his arrival with 1st Brithish ship to Macao, developed a Chinese teapot taht sat atop a brass
charcoal burner. said by famous tea authority Willianm Ukers
1650 Peter Stuyvesant , an American, introduced tea to Dutch colony New Amsterdam, made the American could drink tea before Bitishmen ,
then from there tea spread throught out North America
1655 A member of Dutch East India Co. delegated to the Chinese emperor. Officials who entertained them at dinner in Guangzhou (Canton) served
very hot tea boiled down by a third and drunk with one-fourth warm milk and a little salt.
1658 a solid evidence of the sale of tea in England is a newspaper advertisement for the Thomas Garway coffeehouse in London. It read: " That
excellent and by all Physitians approved drink called by the Chineans tcha, by other nations Tay alias Tea is sold at
the Sultaness Head a cophee house in sweeting Rents by the Royal Exchange London." The price up to 6 ~ 10 pounds sterling
per pound of tea (210 ~335 HKD/Kg today)
1660 Charles II came to the throne in Restoration , the East India Co. presented the royal couples two pounds of tea to anxiousely win their favor,
although the tea was brought from a coffeehouse.
1660 The Carway's London broadsheet declares : "being prepared with Milk and Water, strengtheneth the inward parts. "
1670 The East India Co. started to import tea from Orient.
1674 When the British took over New Amsterdam from the Dutch and renamed it New York, they found themselves with a colony that probably drank
drank more tea than all England.
1675 Tea was availabel in food stores and was in general use in Holland
1670 Tea added Milk was invented by Madamede la sabilere. by madame de Sevigny, whose letters published remarked the idea origin, even some
think it was from Germany or France . But the custom of milk, carried over to Britain,
and became to England norm.
1684 The East India Co. established his 1st company at Canton , soon tea made over 90% export trade of China to England, then silk, chinaware ,
other ceramics. Tea authoriities Joel, David, and Karl schapira perceptively observe: " tea was served a smuch for
its strangeness as for its taste. Drinking tea was one way aristocrats of the West could participate in the exciting
voyages of discovery being made in their age. Tea trade was a respectalbe occupation, who took it, for example
in East India Co., economists James Mill and his son John stuart Mill, novelist Thomas Love Peacock, & essayist Chales Lamb.
1689-1880 Treaty of Nerchinsk accutioned , at board of north Ulan Bator, started USS-China tea special for brick tea and furs caravan trade, then to
Guangzhou and HanKo
1690 Tea Historial Persons in Irving's famouse short story<>:"Two Bostonians in 1690 became the first English colonists licensed to import tea.
One was Zabdiel Boylston, an apothecary, who advertised :'green and ordinary' teas at retail."
1700 Russia was receiving over 600 camel loads of tea annually
1701 "The Tea-Smitten Ladies" : The craze for tea parties finally resulted in the ruin of many homes
1703 two alchemists achieved a hard-paste red porcelain
1710 two alchemists achieved white porcelain . Augustus mad eBoettger head of Europe's first porcelain factory at meissen, a village near dresden.
its tea sets and dresden (Meissen ) China figurines became known worldwide.
1717 A great Tea businessman opene dhis 1st teahouse , but took his 1st cup of tea in 1660 and a druggist recommended tea to his wife for her cold
1725 For over a century and a half following the first law against adulteration in this year, various other tea regulations were passed, but it wasn't
until 1875 that legislation finally was successful in halting the practice.
1732-1800s The greatest and longest-lived tea park , Vauxhall on the Thames near Vauxhall Bridge.
1767 the British parliament passed the infamous act imposing duties on tea an dother commodities imported by the American colonists.
The colonists resisted by smuggling in tea from Holland.
1769 British tea annual imports reached 4.5 million tons.
1773 the British East India Co. already in financial trouble for internal reasons, had a surplus of 17 million pounds of tea in danger of goin stale.
So parliament wrote off the company's debts, gave it a loan, an dgranted it a monopoly in the colonies through its chosen agents.
This drove other American sellers into the legions of disgruntled citizens. The tea tax was symbolic o fmany other grievances, and
"taxation without representation" became a rallying cry.
1773 on Dec. 16th, in the Boston Tea Party, an unbearable anger erupted.
1788 British East India Company had entertained the possibility of growing tea in India
1793 Japanese Embassy visited China , fetch tea seed, and had grown it at home after two decades.
1800 The opium trade was providing British with the answer to her over budget debet from tea imports.
1823 Major Robert Bruce had actually discovered an indigenous tea used by native people in India's Assam while living with them
after the conquest of this remote area.
1830s The British East India Co. Tea committee circulated a questionnaire to all company employees inquiring about locations with suitable climate
and altitude. Bruce's brother , Charlie sent specimen branches to the BEI botanical gardens at Calcutta, but they were rejected as being
another form of the flower camelia around 1825. Finally in 1830s, Charles Bruce replied by sending actual tea seeds, plants, and
processed leaves from Assam. The find was declard "the most important and valuable" ever made on agricultural or commercial
resources of the Empire.
1833 Parliament had repealed the Navigation Acts. Intended to give the British an advantage over the Dutch in shipping ,
these had specified that only British ships (or Chinese, but there were none so large) could carry Chinese tea to Britain.
The repeal provided the opportunity for the faster U.S. ships to enter the British trade.
1839 The Chinese official sent to end opium importation. First Opium War broken.
1839 The first Assam-grown tea was sold. By this time, China's secret seems to have been out, for the company began importing seeds from China.
1840s Anna , seventh duchess of Bedford, started afternoon tea in England, and it became an institution.
1843 Treaty of Nanking at the end o fthe First Opium War ceded HongKong to Britain and permitted foreign vessels to enter four more
Chinese ports including Canton.
1848 BEI Co. sent the botanist Scottish Robert Fortune to China for plants, expert workmen, and tools. Disguised as a Chinese, he had earlier entered the
forbidden interior of China in order to collect plants and seeds. Who resealed that different processing of green and black tea from same plants.
1845 February 22th , the first true clipper with all of its features was the Rainbow, designed by John Willis Griffiths, she made the trip in 102 days ,
16 days fewer than any vessel previously, and so fast that she was the first to bring back to New York tha news of her arrival in Canton.
1849 Sea Witch made all time record for its trip form canton to sandy Hook near New York City on March 25, 74 days and 14 hours.
1850 The Oriental, the first U.S. vessel to take Chinese tea to Longdon, reached therre in Dcember. It took only 97 days out fo Hong Kong,
far faster than any British ship had ever made the trip.
1850s The last London tea garden closed .
1850 A.B.C . WHipple in The Clipper Ships makes the astonishing statement that in 1850's a fifth of every household's goods in Salem,
Massachusetts, came from China.
1857-1860 The 2nd Opium War consisted.
1859 The British East India Company, though it held on in India until 1859, could no longer claim a monopoly on the tea trade. Many competitors now.
1860-1870 Opium imports grew tenfold, reached a hundred thousand chests a year. A legitimate item of commerce remained untill 1908 to 1918 so on
1866 The greatest race took place with an all-British cast of forty vessels.
1870 Ceylon, a formerly coffee grower, became a producer of high quality tea after the crop was introduced as an answer to a coffee blight.
1871 The last race was raised. when steamships had nearly replaced the clippers, an dthe opening of the Suez Canal had already cut
weeks off the sailing voyage from Asia.
1886 A new tea phenomenon appeared, tea shop. Example large one like Lyons, served food too, florish for cottage.
1899 - 1966 China's great novelist and playwright Lao she created a famouse play Teahouse, which was a micrososm of urban life.
1904 The first striking invention changed the tea style at the st. Louis World's fair . The tea merchants had set up a colorful Far East House complete with
several trubaned Indians to promote Indian Black Tea. The weather was scorching and nobody was buying the hot beverage. The British
Richard Blechynden, who was in charge, in desperation thought of pouring his tea over ice. This was a hit. Iced tea is now drunk by the Gallon
in the southern United States, and out of the total of 46 billion servings in the nation as a whole, 37 billion araea iced.
1908 The second event is Tea Bag.New York importer Thomas Sullivan sent out samples of hsi various kinds sewn into little silk bags. Someone
mistakenly made an infusion with the leaves still in the bag, and soon Sullivan's customers were complaining when his tea was was not in bags.
Now half of all tea drunk in the United States is made with tea bags, and the amount used continues to grow.
2006 Mar. 25th 2006 first time tasted Rainflower Tea, the God's gift.
Mar. 23th 2006 at around 16:30 PM caught "Archilochus colubris" has been
fluted ... ~
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