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Written by Janvi Chow
Published August 2018

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Herbal tea

Guangzhou Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea-Drinking is a longtime habit for Guangzhou people.

Herbal tea can eliminate summer heat from the human body and cure the sore throats caused by winter dryness. Wang Laoji Herbal Tea is the most famous tea in Guangzhou. Drinking herbal tea is a long cherished tradition in Lingnan, which covers Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Taiwan provinces, with Guangdong as its core area. The tradition has been a major component of Lingnan culture. Others include Cantonese opera, Cantonese cuisine and Cantonese dialect. The popularity of herbal tea might largely be attributed to the warm and humid climate of the Lingnan area, which is thought to be the cause of the body's internal heat according to traditional Chinese medical thought.. Local people learn which kind of tea to drink for which condition from childhood.

In the past, stores selling herbal tea were quite common in Guangdong. The stores usually took up two or three square meters, and did not have tables or chairs. Several big bronze jars were placed beside the counter, holding different kinds of herbal tea. In a typical teahouse bowls or glasses were laid on the counter. People came in, drank a bowl of herbal tea, and left the money to pay for it.