Tea originated in China about 5000 years ago and it was discovered in 2735BC by one of the emperors of China.
Shleng Nung, was considered as a divine healer who always boiled his water. By accident he boiled a few leaves from a wild tea plant which had fallen into his pot and gave off a delightful scent and flavour.
Tea was not adopted in the UK until the 17th Century after the opening of the sea routes between China and Europe.
For a long time tea was used as a herbal medicine.
One of the top Chinese Tea Shops is The Canton Tea Co. They have a number of Chinese teas to choose from and offer a tasting pack which ha six different teas to try, four of the best teas in each category.