Imagine for a moment that you are a Chinese poet. And yes, you love your wine. And Hangzhou, home of Dragon Well, has plenty of that. But sometimes you want something that doesn’t make your head so heavy. But you can’t drink water, because it will make you sick (and possibly kill you.) And boiled water doesn’t taste great. You need something more inspiring, something that fits in with the scenery around West Lake, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and green hills. West Lake is mild and peaceful. You go there to live a luxurious, indulgent life, not to placate an emperor or to flex your military might. So tea fits in with that lifestyle. And Longjing tea works as a mascot for Hangzhou, because it is a distinct tea.
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