China is well-known for its long history of tea cultivation and consumption. Throughout history, tea has been a vital component of Chinese culture, while being inextricably intertwined with the development of global trade and social etiquette. As a cultural commodity, tea has been closely associated with philosophy, religions, medicine, and literature in China. This course aims to explore the richness and diversity of Chinese culture through an examination of the major and popular types of tea evolving through history, focusing on those produced in different regions of mainland China and Taiwan. In addition to exploring tea variations and localities, we will study tea’s contribution to Chinese culture, which provides a fascinating window into the changes in Chinese rituals, arts, aesthetics, science, religion, etc. A broad range of material pertaining to tea—myth, poetry, essay, and novel—will be introduced in combination with films, documentaries, and other audio-visual materials. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a tea-tasting event to sample different types of tea and appreciate the art and essence of tea culture in China.