English playwright Arthur Wing Pinero said, “Where there’s tea, there’s hope.” Similarly, a Chinese saying goes that “Firewood, rice, cooking oil, salt, sauce, vinegar and tea are the seven necessities to begin a day.”
Tea is, without doubt, welcomed all over the world. According to Statista, a German online portal for statistics, global tea production reached approximately 5.8 million tons in 2018. It has become the most consumed beverage in the world – after water, of course.
毫无疑问，茶受到了全世界的欢迎。据德国数据分析网站Statista显示，2018年全球茶叶产量约为580万吨。茶成为世界上饮用人数最多的饮品 —— 当然，除了水以外。
In order to celebrate the popular drink, the United Nations General Assembly has designatedMay 21as International Tea Day.
According to the UN, tea is much more than just a hot drink. It’s a big part of many cultures around the world.
You probably know that people in China use top-grade tea to show respect when receiving important guests. Meanwhile, the British tradition of afternoon tea is an important part of that country’s identity. Making Malaysia’s pulled tea has become a sort of art form, where drinkers take pride in its entertainment aspects. As an expression of Moroccan hospitality and tradition, mint tea – a mix of green tea, spearmint leaves and sugar – is served during gatherings and negotiations.
Apart from its cultural significance, tea is also a medicine, used from ancient times to modern day. “Tea is cold and lowers the fire,” Chinese Ming Dynasty herbalist Li Shizhen once said. The health benefits of tea are still being discovered today: preventing heart disease, obesity and cancer have all been linked to drinking green tea, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the US. The mania for healthy tea products continues into a new decade as it’s used in moisturizers, lip balms and other beauty products.
Hot or cold, bagged or loose-leaf, tea is more than a drink – it’s a social custom and also a magic medicine, a link to the past and a way of life.
不论热饮冷饮，袋装散装，茶都不仅仅是一种饮品 —— 它是一种社会习俗、一种灵药、一种与过去的纽带，一种生活方式。