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Tai Ping Hou Kui

Tai Ping Hou Kui

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Tai Ping Hou Kui is one of the Chinese Ten Famous Teas. It's originated from Taiping County of Anhui Provicne. Unlike most of Chinese green teas, this tea is made by one bud three leaves or more. And the leaves have to be plucked till around the beginning

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    Tai Ping Hou Kui is one of the Chinese Ten Famous Teas. It's originated from Taiping County of Anhui Provicne. Unlike most of Chinese green teas, this tea is made by one bud three leaves or more. And the leaves have to be plucked till around the beginning of May. It's said that in the past there was a very big rock with many small gaps on the surface in the mountain, and the birds often moved tea seeds by mouth to put inside the samll gaps. Later many tea trees grow up. The famers nearby trained monkeys climbing up to this rock to pluck tea leaves. Thus this tea was named as Hou Kui (Hou means monkey in Chinese). Tai Ping Hou Kui is sweet in aftertaste.

    Tai Ping Hou  Kui need one bud three leaves or four leaves in late Spring as fresh material

    Fresh leaf grading

    Frying in the Pan

    Spreading on the wooden table

    Compression

    Baking to Dry

    Finished tea


    A Fairy Story of Tai Ping Hou Kui

    Update:2015-05-14 17:16:45Hits:128

     Long Time ago,  there lived a white monkey couple in the beautiful Huangshan Mountain area. One year the mother monkey gave birth to a baby monkey and they loved him so much. They enjoyed their life playing and seeking fruits in the mountains of Huangshan. As time passed by, the baby monkey grew up. He started to go alone into the mountains to play. One day he went to the North adge of Huangshan area which is now the Taiping County. Suddenly heavy fog appeared in the mountains and the boy monkey lost his way home. His parents were very painful and desperate on their son's loss. The mother monkey was left at home to wait for the boy monkey back home, and the father monkey went into the mountains to find him. One day, two days and more days passed by, the boy monkey was never found. Finally, the father monkey died in one valley of Northeast Taiping County due to fatigue and pain in the heart.
    In this valley there lived an warm-hearted old man named Wan Lao Er who made a living on collecting wild tea and herbs in the mountain. He found the dead father monkey and moved the body to one mountain hill.  There he dug a tomb by his hand and buried the father monkey. Around the tomb he built up a wall by stone and planted a few wild tea and flowers down the wall. When he finished the work and planned to leave there, he heard a voice. He watched around, but he found nobody. He listened carefully, and a voice is obviously heard 'Uncle, you did a nice work for me, I am thankful for that'. But the old man still can not find anybody around. So he did not take it seriously.
    The next year Spring, Wang Lao Er came back to the hill to collect wild tea. To his surprise, he found the hill completely changed. Now all the hill around the tomb were covered with big green tea trees. He was wondering that nobody had planted tea trees there but now so many big tea trees came up from the ground. Suddenly he heard a voice again, 'these tea tree are my gift for you, please take care of them. Later you will have a good living on them'. The old man came to know that the monkey he buried was not a common monkey but a fairy one. And now he possessed a tea garden and he no longer had to climb the mountains and struggled into the stingy shrubs to collect herbs.
    To memorize and be thankful to the fairy monkey, Wang Lao Er named the hill where he buried the monkey as Hou Gang (Monkey Hill), the valley he lived as Hou Keng (Monkey Valley) and the tea he made from the miracle tea garden as Hou Kui (Monkey Tea).
    Postscript. The mother monkey waited at home for the return of her husband and son day and day. and later she stopped eating and drinking and just seated in the peak of the mountain in front of their home and looked at the direction of Taiping County. As they never came back, the mother monkey became a stone image and always looked at the the direction of Taiping County all the while till now. 
    (You can still see the stone mother monkey in the peak of the mountain if you go to Huangshan.)


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