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Shaanxi FU tea on silk road

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Added On August 9, 2017

Shaanxi was once the start of the ancient Silk Road, linking Asia to Europe, and home of the largest tea distribution center in Chinese history.  
 
Today, traditional tea making is being kept alive, and this "black gold" is still popular the world over.
 
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Shaanxi Fu Tea originated from Ming dynasty and has a history of more than 600 years.  
 
With the foundation of the ancient Silk Road, commercial trade between China and western countries flourished. 
 
As one of the main products of Silk Road trade, Fu tea was exported to more than 40 countries and regions such as Russia and Persia.
 
To help it survive the long journey, and make carrying tea easier, locals came up with the Fu brick.  
 
At the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Shaanxi Province, producers today are using traditional techniques and modern technology to keep the process alive.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): WANG MENGLE, Fu Tea maker
"Producing Fu brick tea has many steps, inculding choosing the raw materials, frying the tea leaves in high temperature, and pressing the leaves into bricks."  
 
Like the Ming Dynasty, the finished Fu tea product continues to be enjoyed around the world. 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): JI XIAOMING, China Tea Marketing Association 
"Fu tea will win the huge market along the Silk Road. The tea has gained popularity in Japan, South Korea, and the United States. We believe that Fu tea will become a national brand and become widely known."