According to a legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC.
Today China is the world’s biggest tea producer, producing 2.43m tonnes last year.
The tea industry in China employs around 80 million people as both farmers and pickers, and in sales
Image Credit: Photograph by Roman Pilipey/EPA. Seasonal workers harvest Longjing (Dragon Well) tea at a plantation in Meijiawu village, Zhejiang province