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Allusions of Mengding Ganlu

By: Beatrice Nov. 20,2021
One: According to legend, at the end of the Western Han Dynasty, there was a Zen Master Puhui in the Mengshan Temple who planted seven tea trees.

Two: A long time ago, there was a fish fairy in Qingyi River. Tired of the boring life under the water, she turned into a village girl who came to Mengshan and met Wu Lizhen. The two fell in love at first sight. The fish fairy took out a few tea seeds and presented them to Wu Lizhen. After the immortal left, Wu Lizhen planted tea seeds on the top of Meng Mountain.

Introduction of Mengding Ganlu tea
Green tea, one of the famous historical teas, unfermented, cold tea.

Mainly produced in Mengding Mountain, Ya'an City, Sichuan Province, Mengding Mountain tea is historically called Mengshan tea, Mengding tea, named because it is produced in Mengding Mountain.

It has the quality characteristics of beautiful shape, fresh and tender, high fragrance and refreshing taste.

Ya'an, known as "the lungs of Tianfu, the hometown of panda", is a nourishing city.
Mengding Mountain (Meng Mountain) is located in the West Lake of Sichuan Basin, spanning Meishan County and Ya'an County, with an altitude of 1400 meters, surrounded by the peaks of Emei Daxiangling, Jijingshan Mountain and Qionglai Mountain.

Precipitation is abundant, up to more than 2,000 millimeters, and the rainy days account for more than 200 days a year, and it is said that "the rain often leaks from the sky, and the clouds are half hidden in the top of the mountain".

Ya'an is called "Rain City", and Mingshan is called "Sky Leak", which is 15.1% more than the annual precipitation of Ya'an, especially in spring, when the sky is not clear for three days, and the annual average humidity is 81%. Therefore, the three characteristics of Mount Meng are: more rain, more fog, and more clouds.

Cloudy, rain, fog, the unique ecological environment nurtured the Mengdingshan tea, with its beautiful appearance, unique quality, splendid culture, a long history of Chinese and foreign fame, long-standing reputation.

History of Mengding Ganlu
The ancient people on tea, must be the first Mengding.

According to ancient books, ancient monuments and the Qing Dynasty "Sichuan General Records" and other historical books.

Mengdingshan tea history can be traced back to the Western Han Dynasty Ganlu years (53 BC - 50 BC), Eup people (then Yan Dao County, now Ya'an City, Meishan District) Wu Lijin "with the seeds of the spirit of tea, planted in the five peaks", in the "world's big Meng Mountain" known as the Meng Mountain between the five peaks domesticated seven wild tea trees;.

Cultivated "not more than a foot high, not born, very different from the ordinary", "its leaves are long and slender, the network of veins on the division, taste sweet and clear, yellow and blue, discretionary cup, fragrant clouds cover, long condensation does not disperse" of the seven "immortal tea", the world's earliest written records of the history of artificial tea.
Therefore, he was recognized as the first person to grow tea artificially in the world, and was later given the title of "Gan Lu Pu Hui Miao Ji Bodhisattva", commonly known as "Gan Lu Master", and later people praised him as "Gan Lu ancestor " "planting tea ancestor". Since then, tea to the country, to the world, become a healthy drink to benefit all mankind.

Today, Mengdingshan tea has more than 2,000 years of artificial cultivation history and 1,169 years of tribute tea history, of which "Mengdingshanlu" is the most representative of a historical and cultural tea, known as the "manna on earth".
Mengding Ganlu is one of the oldest famous teas in China, and is respected as the oldest tea, the pioneer of famous tea, one of the top ten famous teas in China, the representative of top quality green tea in curly shape in China, and is equally famous with Biluochun.

Manna" as the name of the tea, first seen in the Southern Song Dynasty geography of the General Zhi "Fangjiao Shengliao" Mountains: "in the Yan Road South 10 miles there are five tops, before a peak of the highest, said on the clear peak, the production of Manna tea. Often have a ruiyun and the current phase shadow present." This is the earliest time Gan Lu as a tea name, nearly 900 years ago.

Ming Dynasty King Jiajing 20 years (1541) compiled the "Sichuan General", "Ya'an Prefecture" has "Shangqing Peak Ganryu" record, and "Fangjiao Shengliao" lineage. The traditional tea tree of Mengding Ganlu is Sichuan tea, in a long time as a tribute tea, only used for the sacrifice of heaven, the emperor can not drink the best Mengding tea...
The quality characteristics of Mengding Ganlu
Mengding Ganlu "color, aroma, taste, shape" all good, can be called a famous drink tea.

The tea soup resembles sweet dew, blue and clear, slightly yellow, taste fresh and crisp, rich and sweet. The green color of the tea is moist, the aroma is high and refreshing, the taste is mellow and sweet, the color of the soup is green in yellow, transparent and clear, the leaf base is even and neat, green and bright.

Aroma high and crisp, taste mellow and sweet, steeped for the second time, more and more fresh and mellow, so that people cheeks stay fragrant.
The history and legends of Mengding Ganlu
One of the legends

According to legend, a long time ago, the Qingyi River has a fish fairy, because tired of the boring life underwater, so changed into a beautiful village girl came to Meng Mountain, met a young man named Wu Li Zhen, the two fell in love at first sight.

The fish fairy pulled out a few tea seeds, presented to Wu Li Zhen, engaged for life, agreed that in the next year when the tea seeds sprouted, the fish fairy came and Li Zhen marriage. After the fish fairy left, Wu Li Zhen will be planted on the top of the Meng Mountain tea seeds.

The next spring, the tea seeds sprouted, the fish fairy appeared, the two after the marriage, love each other, work together, cultivate tea seedlings. The fish fairy untied the white veil on the shoulders thrown into the air, and suddenly white mist, covering the top of the Meng Mountain, nourishing the tea seedlings, tea trees grow more and more vigorous.

Fish fairy gave birth to a son and a daughter, every year to pick tea tea, life is very happy. But the good times do not last, the fish fairy stole away from the Crystal Palace, private and mortal marriage, was discovered by the river gods. River God ordered the fish fairy immediately back to the palace.

The fish fairy had no choice but to bear the pain and leave.

Before leaving, instructed his children to help his father to cultivate a good mountain tea trees, and the piece of white veil can change the clouds into fog left, so that it will always shroud the mountain, nourishing tea trees.

Wu Lijin tea planting life, lived to eighty, because of the miss fish fairy, finally put into the ancient well and died. Later there was an emperor, because Wu Lijin tea planting merit, posthumously awarded him as "Gan Lu Pu Hui Miao Ji Zen master". Mengding tea is therefore passed down from generation to generation, tribute.
Legend No. 2

According to historical records, the production of tea in Mount Monastery has a history of more than two thousand years. According to legend, at the end of the Western Han Dynasty, there was a Pu Hui Zen master in the monastery of Mount Monastery, planted seven tea trees on the peak of the Montane Manna.

These seven tea trees "not more than a foot high, not born, not extinct" years and years, spring and autumn withered, year after year, picking tea, sprouting every year, although the yield is very little, but the adopters have disease cure, no disease fitness, known as "fairy tea".

About the seven "immortal tea" in the Han stele and the Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as the stone stele and the "county records" have been recorded.

But where did these seven tea trees come from, how to spread four directions? There are many different opinions.

Some believe that the introduction from the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau, some believe that the introduction from Fujian Jianxi, some believe that the tea seeds collected from Emei Mountain cultivated and come, as for the seven immortal tea how to develop and spread, there are many mythical accounts and legends.

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