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Indd 41 11/5/14 4:20 PM time cooking, making wine, raising silkworms for silk production, and weaving. In agricultural Chinese The Importance of Tea society, an oxcart was the most common mode of Tea came to China, probably from Burma, no later than the early first century CE. It was cultivated and prized in China. The ancient Chinese thought tea detoxified the body and gave the drinker energy. During the Tang dynasty, people consumed tea as a social activity or to relax. Poets drank tea while composing their poetry.

Author Lu Yu wrote the first book about tea, translated as Classic of Tea, during the Tang dynasty. It detailed tea’s unique properties and how to properly make tea. Tea was sometimes stored in bamboo tubes, and later, during the Song dynasty, it was pressed into bricks for transport. from rural areas to cities where they could be sold. transportation. An ox pulled a covered two-wheeled cart and helped farmers move agricultural products CITY LIFE Many ancient Chinese lived in bustling cities. Cities were centers of government and trade.

The farmers used a foot-powered pump to bring water from a canal or river to flood the rice field. Rice seedlings were planted by hand, and growing rice was very labor intensive. The Song discovered a different variety of rice, native to Southeast Asia, worked better for the environment of South China. practice to pray to and worship one’s ancestors. As they do today, the ancient Chinese put their surname first, before their personal name, which showed the great importance of the family. AGRICULTURE The literature and paintings of ancient China depicted the lives of rulers and aristocrats.

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