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China - Birthplace of a Phenomenon

Aghast at having fallen asleep one day during his meditation, Saint Bodhidharma cut off his own eyelids in penance and cast them to the floor. Hitting the ground, the severed eyelids grew in to a plant which, when brewed and drunk, could banish sleep. And so, as legend has it, the first tea plant was born.

Travel with 'Tracing Tea' and discover the myths, state secrets and intrigues of the Forbidden City, Opium Wars, tea ceremony and the Black Dragon as we trace over 5000 years of tea in China.