6 Major Types of Chinese Tea

There are many different types of Chinese tea. The major types include green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea, yellow tea, and dark tea. Their major differences lie in taste, fragrance, color, appearance, growing areas, making process and health benefits, etc.

Fried green tea leaves
Green Tea

Green tea is the most popular type of Chinese tea made by taking new leaves or buds of the tea tree to go through three main processes, frying, kneading and drying. Processed green tea leaves appear to be slim, tight and dark green, curled like a snail, and covered by pekoe. The tea soup is clear and green. Drinking green tea regularly can insulate yourself from getting cancer, overweight and lower the damage of nicotine to the minimum for those chain smokers.

 Famous green tea: Longjing, Huangshan Maofeng, Biluochun, Xinyang Maojian, Liu'an Melon Seed Tea 

 See also: 10 Best Chinese Green Tea 


2. Black Tea

Black tea, called red tea in Chinese, is the 2nd main trending type of Chinese tea. It is a fully fermented tea, which gives it a stronger flavor. People can get the refined one through a series of technological processes, such as withering, kneading, fermentation, drying and so on. The dry black leaves are dark but the tea soup is red. Black tea can help us in gastrointestinal digestion, promoting appetite, eliminating edema, and strengthening heart function.

 Famous black tea: Keemun Black Tea, Yunnan Black Tea

 See also: 10 Famous Chinese Black Tea 

Among these 6 different types of Chinese tea, oolong tea is semi-fermented, which has the fresh frgrance of green tea and the mellow taste of black tea. Even after 7 times steeping, you can also smell its fragrant flavor. The medical function of oolong includes decomposing fat, reducing weight and building body shape, so it also is called “cosmetic tea” in Japan.

 Famous oolong tea: Anxi Tieguanyin, Wuyi Tea

 See also : 10 Amazing Benefits of Oolong Tea

White tea, belonging to micro-fermented types of Chinese tea, is a traditional famous tea. Different from other types mentioned above, white tea is made only by drying by the sun or gentle frying without the process of kneading. The dry tea leaf is slim in shape and green in color, covered by the white fuzz. The tea soup is light green. The health benefits include refreshing mind, cooling body, and remising fever.

 Famous white tea: Baihao Yinzhen, Baimudan, Gongmei

5. Yellow Tea

The making process of yellow tea has something in common with green tea, except for the key point that makes a real yellow tea, oxidizing before or after the drying to give it a yellow appearance. Yellow tea began to be bred almost 2,000 years ago in Sichuan, a southeast province in China. Spleen and stomach can be two beneficiaries if you develop the habit to drink yellow tea regularly; the risk to get ingestion, loss of appetite and obesity will get lower.   

 Famous yellow tea: Mengding Mountain Huangya, Jun Mountain Yinzhen

Chinese Brick Tea
Brick Dark Tea
Chinese Black Tea
Dark Tea

6. Dark Tea

Famous dark tea: Yunnan Pu’er, Guangxi Liubao Dark tea is also a type of fermented tea, named so because the appearance of the processed tea is black. Dark tea is not widely known as other types of Chinese tea, but it is the material to make compressed tea like brick tea. Dark tea earns the reputation for its amazing nutritional ingredients, such as Protein, amino acids, and sugar substances, which can help you relief greasy, promote digestion and resist oxidation of the skin.

 Famous dark tea: Pu erh, Guangxi Liubao

 Further Reading:
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- Last updated on Feb. 22, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on 6 Major Types of Chinese Tea
Asked by Durga from INDIA | Feb. 10, 2022 18:01Reply
Is Chinese tea really good for you?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tony | Feb. 22, 2022 17:19

Of course, Chinese tea is a very healthy drink, but it is not good to drink too much, especially at night, which may affect your sleep.
Asked by voleak from CAMBODIA | Dec. 10, 2013 20:41Reply
Is there any side-effect after drinking tea?I felt dizzy after drinking my yellow tea (leaf tea)?
Answers (4)
Answered by Vicky | Dec. 11, 2013 21:40

Generally speaking, there is no side-effect of the tea.
The dizzy may cause by other problems.
Answered by Snow from CHINA | Feb. 16, 2014 02:53

Your dizziness was causing by the caffeine in the tea.You may be allergic to it,you will feel better if you try some decaffeinated tea like red tea or if you still want caffeinated tea,try to dilute it,avoid strong tea.Drinking more water,you will get better soon.
Answered by JEREMY from CHINA | Mar. 06, 2014 05:15

caffeine makes people active, why there is a dizzyness happen?
Answered by Teasenz.com from CHINA | Nov. 13, 2014 08:32

There are no strong side effects of drinking tea besides the following two:
1. It can be strong on the stomach if you consume it on an empty stomach
2. The caffeine can affect your sleep quality as it slows down the rapid eye movement (REM) during your sleep.
Based on your situation it could be that you are sensitive to the caffeine in the tea
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