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British princess visits tea garden in Yunnan's Fengqing

By : InKunming | Published: 2013-November-22

Princess Katarina(L) picks up a tea leave in the China-England Friendship Tea Garden in Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan. (Photo/ Lynn)

Princess Katarina, a British royal member, grants the tablet of China-England Friendship Tea Garden to the president of Yunnan Black Tea Group on November 20. (Photo/ Lynn)

A tea growing garden of Yunnan Black Tea Group(Dianhong Group) in Fengqing County has been awarded as a tea base specially providing black tea for British royal family after the visit of Princess Katarina, a British royal member, on November 20.

Princess Katarina visited the new factory of Dianhong Group whose tea had been presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 as a national gift. Princess Katarina listened to the history and the black tea manufacturing process there. Having known about Jinxiu Tea Tree, the oldest tea tree on the earth, she touched the compressed disks of tea leaves from this 3200-year-old tree and said: "I just touched it."

She also planted a tree branch of this old tree in the garden and plucked some tea leaves.

She delivered a speech in the China-England Friendly Tea Garden Tablet-granting Ceremony. "It is a great pleasure to be here, as it is the 60th anniversary of Dianhong. I have been very honored to see the modern factory of Dianhong and tea garden of green color and vitality."

Having visited research center and the tea garden, she planted a branch from the 32000-year-old tea tree and became the first royal member of her family to plant a friendship tree between China and England.

"I tasted the Dianhong Tea for the first time this June in Kensington Palace. As a tea drinker, I found the tea absolutely amazing. I was thinking at that time why it was so specially. By coming here today, I know why. I found this place very special and garden picturesque and environment-friendly. The tea making here is superior." She also mentioned that the tea garden was a witness of the good friendship between China and England.

Bei Xuexian, chairman of the British Association of Chinese Culture, said that Princess Katarina is the President of the Guild of Travel and Tourism in England, and she has created a friendly atmosphere between the two countries. Yunnan has been the hometown of Chinese tea, and Fengqing has been the tea granary of the world. England is the county of origin for the afternoon black tea in Europe. Both countries share the special link about tea.

He also hoped to participate in more China-England cultural events in the future and believed that the Chinese culture will rise again around the world.

(Editors:Lynn, Tracy)

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