Information from Agricultural Bureau of Dehong shows that China Pu’er Tea Museum has been established in Dehong, which suggests that Dehong is going to intensify the development of tea industry and try to build itself as the starting point of “west-oriented tea export economic corridor”.
According to history records, sales of Chinese tea to foreign countries can be dated back to Northern and Southern dynasty. As a gateway for the export of Chinese tea to western regions, a key part of ancient southwest silk road, and a point connecting China and India, Dehong became an economic corridor for the export of Chinese tea one thousand years ago, with trade caravans entering Myanmar through Dehong, and then reaching Central Asia and Europe.
Nowadays, Dehong is an important gateway for Yunnan to open up to south Asia, as well as a big international logistics passageway leading to Indian Ocean. As a place endowed with excellent natural advantages, Dehong owns huge areas of tea mountains and a long history of tea planting. Under the new historical background, the settlement of China Pu’er Tea Museum in Dehong will be of great significance.
The museum will demonstrate Pu’er tea culture from the origin, development, production, and marketing of Pu’er tea. Pointing at one small package of tea wrapped up by a leaf, the narrator said that the tea package is able to deliver various indications: if a girl puts the tea package into her mother’s bag, it means that she has fallen in love with someone. Besides, the tea package can also serve as an invitation card when something lucky happened.
Song Yufa, head of Agricultural Bureau of Dehong, introduced that the advantages owned by Dehong for the development of tea industry mainly lie in five aspects: abundant natural resources; long planting history as well as characteristic ethnic tea culture; mature processing skills; the expanding market; and the systematic personnel training.
“The establishment of China Pu’er Tea Museum will be significant for promoting Pu’er tea culture, stimulating consumption of Pu’er tea, and pushing forward the development of Pu’er tea industry, said Song Yufa, adding that Dehong, by taking advantage of opportunities brought by the establishment of the museum, the building of gateway, and the development of Ruili Experimental Zone, will try to build itself as the starting point of “west-oriented tea export economic corridor”.