28 Mar '12, 8am

YOWSERS!!!!! LungJing tea more expensive than GOLD!!!!

YOWSERS!!!!! LungJing tea more expensive than GOLD!!!!

The practice of drinking and serving tea has been part of the Chinese cultural identity for centuries. The beverage, and its complicated serving ceremony, have inspired poets, writers and artists down the ages. Along with silk, gunpowder, paper and porcelain, the drink is one of the country's most famous products. Tea and China are synonymous, so much so that the British, noted tea drinkers themselves, use the phrase "Not for all the tea in China" to describe something they believe has great value. Tea is the world's most widely consumed beverage after water, and Chinese teas are still highly prized: A pre-sale 500-gram batch of West Lake Longjing, a renowned roasted green tea, drew a bid of 180,000 yuan ($28,500) at an auction in Hangzhou last week. Weight for weight that made the tea 25 per cent more expensive than gold on the day. Despite the long and illustrious histor...

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