Directory of Chinese tea names

It is actually hardly possible to compile a complete list of Chinese green tea names, not only because there are already so many green tea names on the market in China, but also because more and more new names are being added: as tea cultivation is an important economic factor, all tea-growing regions make every effort to produce high-quality green teas and then market them in the best possible way. Some do this by reviving historical tea names, others by creating new imaginative tea names. However, most of these hundreds, if not over a thousand, of tea names are only of regional significance. Only a handful of tea names are of national importance (see Top 10 list). The quality of the tea is not always the decisive factor for the success of a tea. The main factor that determines the importance of a tea is the production volume. Since most of the tea growing regions are located in mountainous areas, it is difficult to grow tea on a large scale. Many tea names can only have an annual production of a few hundred kilograms and therefore have little chance of making it to the big cities like Shanghai or Beijing, which are so important for the success of a tea, let alone to foreign markets. Therefore, for many Chinese tea lovers, a trip to the respective growing region is the only way to get a certain tea. What makes things even more difficult for western tea drinkers is that many tea names have not been transcribed according to the standard transcription (Pinyin), but have been translated from Cantonese (the dialect in Hong Kong and Canton) into the western languages. This is because Chinese tea used to be exported almost exclusively via wholesalers in Hong Kong, and the Pinyin transcription did not find its way there until after the former British Crown Colony returned to China (1997). As a result there are often different German spellings for one and the same tea. Some of these spellings are difficult to decipher, even for Chinese who do not speak Cantonese.
In the following table the most important green teas of China are listed with their name and tea picture. Almost all green teas from China available in Germany are thus covered. If you are looking for information about a specific green tea, but cannot find it in this table, please send us a short message. We will try to get the information for you from Chinese sources. But if you remember the following two rules, you will understand what a certain tea name means even without professional help.
1. most tea names consist of two parts. The first part indicates where the tea comes from, often simply taking the name of the town or a prominent landmark of the region (a mountain, a monastery, a lake, etc) where the tea is grown. The second part is  in most cases a poetic description of the appearance of the tea. The most commonly used terms are "strong>Cui" (jade green), "Bi" (jade green)", "" (green), "Hao" and " strong>Mao" (hairy), "Zhen" (needle), "Jian" (pointed), "Feng" (pointed) and " strong>Ya" (shoots).
2. for many teas, the second part of their names is identical The reason is that the production process of a successful tea is often adopted by other regions. The name of the original is then changed to a species "variety denomination". The best examples are:
  • Mao Feng (hairy peak / tip)
  • Mao Jian (hairy tip)
  • Yun Wu (Cloud nebula)

Directory of Chinese green tea names

An Hua Song Zhen (pine needle of An Hua)

Anhua County in Hu'nan Province,

The mountains in Anhua County were still known growing regions until the end of the 19th century for green tea. The production methods were unfortunately lost. "To Hua Song Zhen" is a new creation in 1959. For the best quality level we only the bud and the first leaf just opened are used.
An Ji Bai Pian (White Tea from Anji)

Anji district in Zhejiang province,

Created in 1981, for a more detailed description see tea varieties
Bi Luo Chun (Pi Lo Chun, jade green spring snail)

City of Suzhou in Jiangsu province,

Description see Top 10 list

Chen Zhou Bi Yun (Jade Green Cloud of Chen Zhou)

Chen District in Hunan Province

Chenzhou was the former name of the region, a well-known growing region since The tea plants are grown in mountainous areas between 1000 and 1400 meters above sea level. cultivated.
Cui Luo (Jade green snail)

Jiangning District in Jiangsu Province

A new creation from 1984. In spite of the fully mechanised production "Cui Luo" by the fine plucking (a bud with 1 to 2 just opened leaves) a high quality green tea.
Da Xian Feng Hao Cha (Hairy tea from Da Xian summit) Datian district in Fujian province

The tea is named after the Daxian summit in the region.

Ding Feng Hao (Hairy Summit Tea)

City of Fuzhou in the province  Fujian

A new creation from 1990.
Ding Gu Da Fang / Lao Zhu Da Fang (Da Fang tea from Ding Gu)

Laozhu Mountain, Shexian District in Anhui Province

Named after the monk named Da Fang, who created this tea about 400 years ago has. High quality "Da Fang"tea is also known as "Ding Gu Da Fang" is also called "Ding Gu Da Fang tea is produced in the neighbouring regions in Zhejiang Province cultivated.
Dong Bai Chun Ya / Tai Bai Ding Ya (Spring sprout of Dong Bai / summit shoots)

Dongyang district in Zhejiang province

Named after the Dongbai mountain in the region and its highest peak - Tai Bai. The Dong Bai tea was already very famous in the 8th century. The tea plants are cultivated at an altitude between 800 and 900 metres. The tea has a high content of amino acids.
Dong Fang Mei Ren (oriental beauty)

Fujian Province

Originally from Taiwan, this highly fermented oolong is also grown in Fujian province. Not to be confused with the tea creation.
Dong Hu Yin Hao (silver hair from Lake Dong Hu)

City of Changsha in Hunan province

The tea is grown around the Donghu Lake, after which it is also called.

E Mei Mao Feng (Mao Feng of E Mei Mountain)

Emei mountain in Sichuan province

The tea was created in 1978.
E Mei Zhu Ye Qing (round bamboo leaf from E Mei Mountain)

The flat shape and green colour of the tea is reminiscent of bamboo leaves and is also therefore called so. The tea plants grow at an altitude between 800 and 1200 meters. Picking takes place at the beginning of April.

En Shi Yu Lu (Jade dew from En Shi)

Enshi district in Hubei province

One of China's rare steamed green teas. "Yu Lu" means in Chinese Jade Dew. The Japanese Gyokuro is written in Japanese in the same way like the Chinese "Yu Lu" - another remnant of the Chinese Tea culture in Japan.
Fu Ning Yuan Xiao Lü (Yuan Xiao green from Fu Ning)

Puxia district in Fujian province

Funing was the historical city name of Puxia. The tea was created in 1991. "yuan Xiao" is an important folk festival on the day of the first full moon in China calendar year, i.e. 2 weeks after the Spring Festival (New Year's Festival) - the most important Festival in China. The tea is so called because the plucking is already at the "yuan Xiao"festival, usually in February.

Fu Yun Qu Hao (crooked hairy tea from the tea plant Fu Yun")

Fu'an district in Fujian province

A new creation. The tea is made from the tea plant "Fuyun No.7", a tea plant which has been refined by selective breeding.
Gou Gu Nao (dog-head tea) Suichuan district in Jiangxi province

The tea is named after the "dog head" mountain (Gou Gu Nao Shan) in the region. The peculiar name of the mountain is due to the shape of the peak, which is reminiscent of a dog's head.
Gu Shan Bai Yun (White Cloud of Gu Shan)

City of Fuzhou in Fujian province

Named after the Gu mountain near the city.

Gu Zhang Mao Jian (Mao Jian vo Gu Zhang)

Guzhang District in Hunan Province

Gu Zhu Zi Sun (Purple sprout of Guzhu)

Changxing district in Zhejiang province

A very famous teen name in the Tang Dynasty. Mentioned by Lu Yu in his book Disappeared from 16th - 17th century, revived in the 70s.
Hua Ding Yun Wu (Cloud Fog Tea from Hua Ding)

Tiantai district in Zhejiang province

Named after the summit Hua Ding of the Tiantai mountain
Hua Guo Shan Yun Wu Cha (Cloud Fog Tea from Hua Guo Mountain) Lianyungang District in Jiangsu Province

The Huaguo mountain in the region has a long growing tradition.
Hui Ming Cha (Hui Ming tea)

Jingning district in Zhejiang province

Named after the Buddhist monastery Hui Ming.
Huang Shan Mao Feng (Mao Feng of Huang Shan)

Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) in Anhui province

See Top 10 list.
Jian De Bao Cha (sprout tea from Jian De)

Jiande District in Zhejiang Province

Originally a yellow tea, only changed to green tea in the 80s
Jian Ya (sword point rung)

Ningde district in Fujian province

New creation.
Jiang Shan Lü Mu Dan (Green Peony of Jiang Shan) Jiangshan District in Zhejiang Province

Not to be confused with the bound tea known in Germany "Lü Mu Dan" (tea rose). The "Jiang Shan Lü Mu Dan" gets its name from this, because the dry leaves resemble the petals of the peony. They are not bound together to form a tea rose.
Jin Rong Fun Yan (Phoenix eye with golden fluff)

Fuding District in Fujian Province

The name of this tea is due to the shape of the tea leaves.
Jin Shan Cui Ya (Jade Green Shoot of Jin Shan)

Zhenjiang city in Jiangsu province

The tea is named after the mountain Jinshan near Zhenjiang city. A new creation from the year 1982.
Jin Tan Que She (sparrow tongue of Jin Tan)

Jintan district in Jiangsu province

The tea is a new creation from 1980, named after its form, the reminds of the sparrow tongue.
Jing Gang Cui Lü (Jade green from Jing Gang)

Jinggang mountain in Jiangxi province

Jinggang Mountain is a household name to all communists in China because it is the old place of activity Des Mao Ze Dong in the 20 - 30s. The tea is a creation Early 80s.
Jing Shan Cha (tea from Jing Shan)

Jing Shan mountain in Yuhang district of Zhejiang province, annual production: 2500 kg.

A historically very famous name, which was revived in 1980. From Jing Shan Mountain Japanese monks have taken the tea ceremony to Japan.
Jing Ting Lü Xue (Green Snow of Jing Ting)

Jingting mountain, Xuancheng district in Anhui province

The Jingting mountain was one of the historically famous growing regions. The Green Snow was produced for the first time in the Ming Dynasty. Later it came back into Oblivion. It was revived in the 70s.
Jiu Long Cha (Nine Dragon Tea)

Nine Dragon Mountain, Anyuan County, Jiangxi Province

The dragon spring in the growing region is famous for its good water quality for Making tea.
Jiu Hua Mao Feng (Mao Feng of Jiu Hua)

Jiuhua (Nine Flowers) Mountain in Anhui Province

Jiuhua Mountain, one of the four most important pilgrimage sites for Chinese Buddhists, has a very long tradition of cultivation. Many famous teas have been grown in the region manufactured. Only Mao Feng has survived the time.
Jiu Keng Mao Jian (Mao Jian of Jiu Keng)

Chun'an district in Zhejiang province

Named after the municipality of Jiukeng. The tea plant variety "Jiukeng" is one of the most important tea plant varieties in China.
Kai Hua Long Xu / Kai Hua Long Ding / Kai Hua Long Zhen

(Dragon beard / dragon summit / dragon needle by Kai Hua), annual production: 6000 Kg.

Kaihua district in Zhejiang province

First produced in the 50s, then production ceased, Revived in 1979. The highest quality level is called Dragon Needle, others Quality grades are called Dragon Beard or Dragon Peak.

Lan Xi Mao Feng (Mao Feng of Lan Xi)

Lanxi district in Fujian province

Often processed into jasmine tea.
Lao Shan Yun Feng (cloud summit of Lan Shan)

City of Qingdao in Shandong province

The tea is grown in the mountainous region of Lao-Berg.

The Lao Mountain, located east of the former German leasehold city of Qingdao, is one of the most famous Taoist pilgrimage sites in China. Due to its immediate Close to the Chinese Baltic Sea, the region has a very mild climate, which tea cultivation is particularly favoured. 1997 refined tea plants from Zhejiang ( Long Jing 43 ) and Fujian ( Fuding Da Bai Cha ) and produced a high-quality green tea from it. From the picking to the roasting, everything is done mechanically.
Lian Feng Da Hao (Big hairy tea from the Lotus summit)

City of Fuzhou in Fujian province

Named after the Lotus Summit near the city of Fuzhou. A new creation
Lian Xin Cha (Heart of Lotus-Same)

Fuding and  counties; Puxia in Fujian province

Named after its shape, which resembles the germ of the lotus seed.
Liu An Gua Pian (melon core of Liu An)

Liu'an, Jinzai, Huoshan counties in Anhui province

See Top 10 list.
Long Jing (Lung Ching, dragon well)

City of Hangzhou and surroundings in Zhejiang Province

See Top 10 list.
Long Hu Cui (Jade green from dragon lake)

Pingshan district in Sichuan province

A green tea made from the tea plant "Fu Ding Da Bai Cha", a tea plant for white tea, is produced.
Long Wu Cha (Dragon Dance Tea)

Ji'an district in Jiangxi province

Named after a legend according to which a dragon conjured the tea trees here.
Lu Shan Yun Wu (Cloud Fog Tea from Lu Shan)

Lushan mountain in Jiangxi province

Cultivated in the Lushan region, which is one of the most popular tourist regions in China.
Very long cultivation tradition in the region. The tea is one of the best green teas in China.
Ma Gu Cha (Ma Gu tea)

Magu mountain, city/ Nancheng in Jiangxi province

Named after the mountain in the growing region.
Ma Gu Cha (mei lan spring)

City of Fuzhou in Fujian province

Created in 1991, named after the original plants "Mei Zhan" and "Qi Lan", both belong to the noble plants for Production of oolongs.
Mei Long Cha (ornamental quince dragon)

Jiangning District in Jiangsu Province

Created in the 80s. Named after the fragrance (after decorative quince) and the shape (dragon) of tea.
Meng Ding Cha (summit tea of the Meng Mountain)

Meng mountain in Sichuan province

The Meng Mountain in Sichuan is one of the oldest growing regions in China, and thus the world. Meng Ding Cha is the collective name for different tea varieties from the region. Well known are "Meng Ding Gan Lu" (sweet dew) and strong>Meng Ding Huang Ya" (A yellow tea).
Mo Gan Yun Wu Cha / Mo Gan Huang Ya (Cloud Fog Tea from Mo Gan / Yellow shoots from Mo Gan)

Mogan Mountain, Deqing County in Zhejiang Province

Nan Shan Bai Mao Cha (white-haired tea from Nan Shan) Nanshan mountain, Hengxian district in Guangxi province

Named after the appearance: strong white hair
Nan Yue Yun Wu (Cloud Fog Tea from Nan Yue)

Hengshan mountain in Hunan province

Hengshan-Berg is also known in Chinese literature as Nan Yue (The mountain in the south).
Pan An Yun Feng (cloud summit of Pan An)

Pan'an district in Zhejiang province

Created in 1979.
Pan Hao (dragon hair)

Linhai district in Zhejiang province, annual production: about 1500 kg.

The production area is the Yunfeng Mountain in Linhai County, a production area with long Tea tradition. The starting plant is the "Fuding Da Bai Cha", the same Plant used for the production of "Bai Hao Yin Zhen". Two green teas are produced in the same area: "Pan Hao" and "Yun Feng". "Yun Feng" has been produced since the 16th century, "Pan Hao" only since the 80s. Both teas are made with a very similar method The difference is in the drying and shaping after roasting.
Ping Shui Zhu Cha (Ping Shui ball tea, Gunpowder)

Ping Shui District and surroundings in Zhejiang Province

mass production. Important export tea
Pu Tuo Fo Cha (Buddha Tea from Pu Tuo / Buddha Tea)

Putuo Mountain / Zhoushan Island Group, Zhejiang Province

Putuo Mountain (on an island off the coast of Hangzhou) is one of the most famous Pilgrimage sites for Chinese Buddhists. Actually, a tea that was made by the monks was produced for own use. Since the 70s it has been produced according to the method of Pi Lo Chun. The appearance and taste are very similar to Pi Lo Chun.
Pu Yang Chun Hao (spring hair of Pu Yang)

Puyang district in Fujian province

Created in the 80s
Qi Jing Tang Lü Cha (green tea from Qi Jing Tang)

Luoyuan district in Fujian province

Named after the temple "Qijing Tang".
Qian Dao Yu Ye (Jade leaf of Qian Dao Hu)

Lake Qian Dao (Thousand Island Lake), Chun'an County, Zhejiang Province

Built on the Tausend-Inseln-See - a reservoir. The many islands are mountain peaks, which protrude from the reservoir. Similar production method as the Long Jing
Qian Feng Xue Lian (Snow Lotus of Qian Feng)

Qianfeng Mountain, Liyang County in Jiangsu Province

Created in the 80s
Qing Cheng Xue Ya (snow bud of Qing Cheng mountain)

Qingcheng Mountain, city of Chengdu in Sichuan province

Created in 1980.
Quan Gang Hui Bai (White tea from Quan Gang)

Shengxian district in Zhejiang province

Named after the village Qiangang.
Ri Zhu Xue Ya (Snow White shoot of Ri Zhu)

City of Shaoxing in Zhejiang province

Named after the Rizhu mountain.
Rui Cao Kui (Best Lucky Weed)

Langxi district, Xuanzhou in Anhui province

More than 1000 years of growing tradition.
Shang Rao Bai Mei (White Eyebrow of Shang Rao)

City of Shangrao in Jiangxi Province

Created in the 70s. The tea carries long fine white fluff, which is reminiscent of the eyebrows of old men.
Shi Kou Yin Ya (silver tooth from snapdragon)

Guzhang District in Hunan Province

"snapdragon" is the name of a mountain in the growing region which, like a lion with his mouth open.
Shi Ting Lü (Stone Pavilion Green)

Nan'an district in Fujian province

Named after a pavilion in the region. Very long tradition of tea cultivation. Depending on Picking season of different tea scents
Shu Cheng Lan Hua (Orchid by Shu Cheng)

Shucheng, Tongcheng, Lujiang, Yuexi counties in Anhui province

Long cultivation tradition in the region. Orchid tea was cultivated at the latest before the Qing Dynasty already manufactured. There are two possible explanations for the name: 1. the young Shoot with a very young leaf has the shape of an orchid flower; 2. in the picking period (April) the orchids bloom, which gives the tea the scent of the orchids.
Shuang Long Yin Zhen (silver needle from Shuang Long)

City of Jinhua in Zhejiang province

Named after the Shuanglong Cave, which is very popular with tourists
Song Zhen (pine needle)

Ningde district in Fujian province

Created in 1995.
Song Yang Yin Hou (silver monkey from Song Yang)

Songyang district in Zhejiang province

Sui Chang Yin Hou (silver monkey by Sui Chang)

Suichang district in Zhejiang province

Created in the early 80's
Tai Mu Cui Ya / Tai Mu Xue Ya (green shoots / snow shoots from Tai Mu)

Taimu mountain in Fujian province

Historical teen name. Because of the change to black tea, the production in the Qing Dynasty. Revived in the 80s.
Tai Ping Hou Kui (Monkey King of Tai Ping)

Taiping District in Anhui Province

A very famous green tea from the neighbouring village of the Yellow Mountain. The name "Hou Kui" which translated means monkey king, has little to do with monkeys. He sets is composed of the name of a village (Houkeng) and the name of a tea farmer called Wang Kuicheng Since the tea is made from relatively large leaves, it is very difficult to remove the leaves during the production process intact. That is why Tai Ping Hou Kui is with large, intact leaves very expensive.

See Top 10 list .

Tian Mu Qing Ding / Tian Mu Yun Wu (Green peak of Tian Mu / Cloud Fog Tea from Tian Mu)

Tianmu mountain, Zhejiang province

Named after the Tianmu (eye of the sky) mountain.
Tian Zhu Jian Hao (sword hair of Tian Zhu)

Tianzhu Mountain / Qianshan, Zhejiang Province

Cultivation region very famous in the Tang- and Song Dynasty, later fell into oblivion. Jian Hao was newly created in 1985.
Tian Zun Gong Ya (tribute tea from Tian Zun)

Tonglu district in Zhejiang province

Named after the Tianzun mountain
Wang Hai Cha (longing for the sea)

City of Ningbo in Zhejiang province

New creation.
Wu Niu Zao Cha (early tea from Wu Niu)

Yongjia city in Zhejiang province

Already in the Frebruary, the community of Wuniu is picking, therefore early tea. Produced is created using the method of Long Jing.
Wu Xi Hao Cha (Hairy Tea from Wu Xi)

City of Wuxi in Jiangsu province

Created in the late 70s.
Wu Yuan Ming Mei (Eyebrow tea from Wu Yuan)

Wuyuan District in Jiangxi Province

Created in 1958, named after the look reminiscent of the eyebrows of old men
Wu Zhou Ju Yan (stone tea from Wu Zhou)

City of Jinhua (called Wuzhou in the Song Dynasty) in Zhejiang province

Historical teen name, forgotten in the Qing Dynasty, since 1979 again revitalised.
Xi Shi Yin Ya (Xi Shi silver shoot)

Zhuji district in Zhejiang province

The tea, created in 1986, is named after Xi Shi , one of the four most beautiful Women of Chinese History, called. Xi Shi came from City of Zhuji and lived in the 5th century B.C.E.
Xian Ju Bi Lü (Jade green from Xian Ju)

Xianju District in Zhejiang Province

Created in the early 70s.
Xian Ren Zhang Cha (hand of an immortal)

Danyang district in Hubei province

One of the few steamed green teas in China. Named after the flat shape that reminiscent of a hand.
Xin Jiang Yu Rong Cha (feather tea from Xin Jiang) Xinjiang district in Jiangxi province

The tea has a thick fluff which is reminiscent of bird feathers.
Xin Yang Mao Jian (Mao Jian of Xin Yang)

Xinyang district in Henan province

Cultivation region with a very long tradition of tea cultivation. Not far from the growing region the famous " Liu An Gua Pian".
Xiu Ning Song Luo
Xu Fu Long Ya (Dragon bud of Xu Fu)

City of Yibing in Sichuan province

Xue Feng Bai Mao Hou (White-haired monkey by Xue Feng)

Xuefeng Monastery, city  Fuzhou in Fujian province

Named after the monastery. Created in the 90s
Xue Shan Mao Jian (Mao Jian of Xue Shan) Datian district in Fujian province

Named after the snow-white fluff on the tea leaves. Created in 1989.
Yan Dang Mao Feng (Mao Feng of Yan Dang)

Yandang mountain in Zhejiang province

Named after the Yandang Mountain.
Yan Ding Yun Wu Cha (Cloud-Mist Tea from Yan Ding)

Yanding Mountain, Fuyang County in Fujian Province

Yong Xi Huo Qing (Fire green from Yongxi)

Yongxi District in Anhui Province

Similar production process and appearance to Gunpowder.

Yu Hua Cha (rainflower tea)

City of Nanjing in Jiangsu province

Created in 1958, named after the village of Yu Hua-Tai.
Yu Yao Pu Bu Cha (waterfall tea from Yu Yao)

Pubu mountain (waterfall mountain), Yuyao district in Zhejiang province

Historical teen name. Production method long lost, revived in 1979.
Yun Feng (cloud top)

Linhai District in Zhejiang Province

Named after the Linhai Mountain. See Pan Hao.
Yun Feng Luo Hao (Hairy Snail by Yun Feng)

Yunfeng / Yong'an tea plantation in Anhui province

imitation of the "Pi Lo Chun"
Yun Feng Mao Feng (Mao Feng by Yun Feng)

Yunfeng tea plantation, Yong'an district in Zhejiang province

Created in 1978.
Yun Feng Mao Feng ("Zao Bai Jian"-Mao Feng)

Gaoxian district in Sichuan province

New creation. The starting plant is the "Zao Bai Jian"-plant - a small leafy Tea plant characterised by its early budding.
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