China tea: consumption trends: tea drinkers around the 4world enjoy many different varieties of China and Taiwanese tea, but what about the residents

Ask tea drinkers around the world, which is their favorite brew,and replies will almost certainly mention some of China andTaiwan's best teas--green, oolong, Lapsang Souchong, the currentlytrendy white teas, and possibly even pu'erh.

As Chinese tea companies increase their efforts to sell more of their products into the world market, so consumers are developing a taste for these teas. We are beginning to see a shift in consumption patterns. But in the Chinese and Taiwanese producing areas themselves, especially in the more rural, less developed regions, the locals still tend to drink what they have always consumed.

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