Known as the birthplace of tea, for hundreds of years China produced the only teas known to the western world. Although consuming much of her own production, China still accounts for over 18% of world exports. China has 1,431,300 hectares planted with tea - 8 times size of London.
China produces five principal types for which the country is famous: Green, Oolong, White, Flavoured and Compressed teas. With some exceptions - such as Lapsang Souchong, Gunpowder and Keemun - most teas from China are not easily found in the general marketplace.