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    Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic (Culture, Place, and Nature / a China Program Book) (Paperback) By (author) Jinghong Zhang

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    DescriptionPuer tea has been grown for centuries in the "Six Great Tea Mountains" of Yunnan Province. In imperial China it was a prized commodity, traded to Tibet by horse or mule caravan via the so-called Tea Horse Road and presented as tribute to the emperor in Beijing. In the 1990s, as the tea's noble lineage and unique process of aging and fermentation were rediscovered, it achieved cult status both in China and internationally. The tea became a favorite among urban connoisseurs who analyzed it in language comparable to that used in wine appreciation and paid skyrocketing prices for it. In 2007, however, local events and the international economic crisis caused the Puer market to collapse. Puer Tea traces the rise, climax, and crash of this cultural phenomenon. With ethnographic attention to the spaces in which Puer tea is harvested, processed, traded, and consumed, anthropologist Jinghong Zhang constructs a vivid account of the transformation of a cottage handicraft into a major industry - with predictable risks and unexpected consequences. Jinghong Zhang is a lecturer at Yunnan University.

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    Puer Tea
    Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jinghong Zhang
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780295993232
    ISBN 10: 0295993235

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9, WB
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
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    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24580
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC22: 394.1/5095135
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    DC23: 394.15095135
    LC classification: GT2907.C6 Z4366 2014
    Ingram Theme: INDS/ASIAN
    Thema V1.0: WB, GTM, JBSL11
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FPC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    47 illustrations, 5 maps
    University of Washington Press
    Imprint name
    University of Washington Press
    Publication date
    25 September 2013
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    Review quote
    "This is an engrossing study of the Puer tea industry and the many cultural spheres that surround it. It will be of keen interest to the Western tea trade as well as historians, connoisseurs, and enthusiasts. Tea publications rarely, if ever, discuss the complex relationships that quite literally bring tea to the table. Never has the anatomy of tea been dissected in such a wide ranging, thorough, and engaging way."--Steven D. Owyoung, co-translator of Korean Tea Classics