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Xu chajing 續茶經 "Continued Classic of Tea"


The Xu chajing 續茶經 "Continued Classic of Tea" is a book on tea written by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Lu Tingcan 陸廷燦, courtesy name Lu Zhizhao 陸秩昭. He came from Jiading 嘉定 near Shanghai and was magistrate (zhixian 知縣) of Chong'an 崇安 and expectant ministerial secretary (houbu zhushi 候補主事). Except his book on tea he has written the biji "brush notes" style essay collections Nancun suibi 南村隨筆 and Yizhai zhi 藝齋志.
The 3 juan "scrolls" long is written as a kind of supplement to Lu Yu's 陸羽 famous book Chajing 茶經 from the Tang period 唐 (618-907). Yet since Lu Yu's times variatons of tea and preparation methods had changed drastically. In the district of Chong'an, for instance, the famous tea of the Wuyi mountains 武夷山 (in England known as Bohea Tea) was very popular among Chinese and foreigners. During the Tang period that region was not yet a centre of tea cultivation. The chapters of the Xu chajing are, at least in the first part, roughly the same as in Lu Yu's Chajing. The last scroll consists of an appendix in which the history of preparation methods is described. The Xu chajing was first printed in 1735 by the Shouchun Hall 壽椿堂. It is included in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書.


Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1860. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
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