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Tuesday, November 21 2023 - 20:24
Global Liubao Tea Tasting Competition Held in Wuzhou
WUZHOU, China, Nov. 21, 2023 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

In recent days, the Global Liubao Tea Tasting Competition took place in Wuzhou, 
South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. A total of 541 samples 
participated in the contest, and a large number of tea companies and tea 
enthusiasts from China competed, while international participants from 
countries like Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore also fielded their precious 
Liubao tea. The samples were divided into 14 groups, and after judging and 
rating by a team of domestic and international tea experts and Liubao tea 
collectors, a corps of 55 seven-star "kings of tea" were chosen.

According to the Wuzhou Tea Industry Development Service Center, Liubao tea 
originates from Liubao Town in Wuzhou of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The 
annual average temperature and rainfall in Liubao Town are respectively 21.2 
degrees Celsius and 1,500 mm. Precipitous cliffs enshrouded in clouds are 
scattered around the area, many of them ranging between 1,000m and 1,500m in 
elevation, while ample sunshine and water combine into environment and climate 
conditions ideal for the growth of tea shrubs. During the reign of the Jiaqing 
Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Liubao tea was acclaimed for its "areca nut scent" 
characterized by "redness, richness, purity and aged aroma", it emerged as one 
of China's top teas and its consumption swept across the land. Towards the end 
of the Qing Dynasty, droves of Chinese labors traveled across the South China 
sea to find work abroad, and the thirst-quenching, stomach-nourishing and other 
healthy properties of Liubao tea, as well as its long shelf life, made it a 
favorite among overseas Chinese, hence its eventual rise in popularity among 
tea-drinkers in countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

Research results from a health and nutritional study conducted by a team led by 
the Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Professor at Hunan 
Agricultural University Liu Zhonghua explain the functionality and scientific 
mechanisms behind numerous benefits associated with Liubao tea including fat 
and weight reduction, blood sugar reduction, uric acid suppression, liver 
health, intestines and stomach coordination, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory 
functions, protection against radiation, immunity improvement, etc.

Guo Junbang, President of the Liubao Tea Association of Malaysia, was one of 
the judges on the Modern Processing Technique Panel of the final of this year's 
tea competition. Guo Junbang remarked: "This Tea Competition plays a huge role 
conducive to the advancement of the Liubao tea industry, and I hope that the 
Competition will continue to be hosted. Liubao tea culture has integrated into 
the daily life of Malaysians, and Liubao tea is often our drink of choice when 
we eat or enjoy afternoon tea. After attending this Competition, I genuinely 
hope to share with everyone the Liubao tea cultural similarities and 
differences, and the tea's various consumption experiences, in other parts of 
the world, and I also hope that Chinese tea enterprises can produce more good 
teas so that more people can learn about and fall in love with Liubao tea."

Liao Zifang, President of Hong Kong Teaism Alliance and a judge on the Modern 
Processing Technique Panel of the final of this year's tea competition, opined 
that tea competition is a crucial part of tea science, as tea competitions can 
push enterprises to ceaselessly improve production technique and raise product 
quality, adding the wish that Wuzhou can maximize the unique advantages of 
Liubao tea such as its special aroma and unique health benefits, continue to 
develop markets and strengthen the Liubao cultural brand.

Canadian Ms. Liu, after learning about the Global Liubao Tea Tasting 
Competition, decided to take her whole family here to expand everyone's 
horizon. She said: "Our family has been living and studying in China for a year 
now, but we've never been to a tea competition before. The atmosphere was 
incredible, and we've been able to learn about the diversity in tea culture."

Source: Wuzhou Tea Industry Development Service Center

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   Caption: Global Liubao Tea Tasting Competition was held in Wuzhou.

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