Wu Shan Spirit tea
Wu Shan Spirit Tea 巫山神茶
Judith and I happened upon this tea in Fengdu Ghost City. Sweet iced tea was being sold as the symbol of the mythological forgetting tea souls would drink before crossing the bridge into the underworld. Later, when we visited with the local Wu Shan people (people of Mt. Wu), a minority ethnic group also called the Tujia people, we learned that this is their daily tea. It has the color of a Wuyi Rock oolong tea, but is very delicate with a sweet honey fragrance and taste. Our guide pointed to the old tea trees growing at the top of the mountains where the tea came from. She carried around a glass thermos with tea, as many Chinese do. Our guide, like many others, had been displaced from her ancestral home along the Yangtze River with the building of the Three Gorges Dam.
Mountains where old tea trees that produce Wu Shan Spirit tea grow.
Sarah, our Wu Shan guide holding Wu Shan Spirit tea.
Sarah, our Wu Shan guide, knew and used over 200 Chinese herbs, brewed her own corn wine with herbs, and does tours up the mountains. She also speaks English and has a good sense of humor. I recommend her if you are in the 3 Gorges area. Her email is 15213545120[at]163.com. Please tell her I sent you.
Fengdu forgetting tea
center: 孟凉婆茶, mèng liáng pó chá,
bottom: 源自 秘傳 古方, yuánzì mìchuán gǔfāng, “from an ancient family recipe”
left: 清涑饮品, qīng Sù yǐnpǐn, “fresh Yangtze River drink”
right: 四季皆宜, sìjì jiē yí, “appropriate for all seasons”