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Tea Culture Was Simplified in the Yuan Dynasty

The skills of tea making had taken a great leap forward in the Song Dynasty, but tea cakes in shapes of the dragon and the phoenix were too luxurious for ordinary people, and at odds with the matural qualities of tea. The Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) was established by the Mongols, who originally were nomadic people in the north of China. In the early Yuan the Mongols could hardly agree to the exquisite culture of the Song, but with the infiltration of the Han culture and out of the need to balance their greasy diet, they gradually accepted the tea culture...