The Legend of Longjing Tea

Once upon a time in ancient China, there was an extended period of drought that resulted in a severe outbreak of the plague. This epidemic spread across numerous villages and claimed many lives.

To address this dire situation, some elders recounted the existence of a rare plant whose extract possessed mystical properties that could revitalize the land. However, this plant grew on a mountain that was guarded by a ferocious dragon, making it almost impossible to obtain.

Despite the risks, several brave young men attempted to climb the mountain to acquire the plant but never returned, having fallen victim to the dragon’s wrath.

Eventually, three siblings, two brothers and a sister, decided to embark on the journey.

The eldest brother set off first but failed to return after 36 days. The second brother followed but was also missing after 49 days. Finally, the sister set out and eventually reached the mountain’s summit, discovering that the dragon had turned all its previous challengers into stone.

To avoid a similar fate, the sister used her archery skills to slay the dragon from a distance and collect the sacred plant’s shoots. She watered them with the spring’s water, causing them to mature instantly. She then gathered the seeds and sprinkled them over the stones, with each drop restoring a person who had been turned to stone, including her two brothers.

Together, the siblings planted the sacred plant’s seeds on a hillside, and soon, it blossomed into a thriving garden. They brewed an infusion using the plant’s leaves and distributed it to the villagers, which was said to have revitalized the land, bringing rain back to the drought-stricken region.

Since then, the people of Fujian have since continued to drink this sacred infusion.

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson is the founder and chief editor of the Professional Tea Taster.

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