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Tea exhibition celebrates Pu'er

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Pu'er tea, a fermented variety from southwestern Yunnan Province, has a long history based on its fame as a medicinal tea. It has been celebrated since the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) for its health benefits and curative powers in certain diseases. It can reduce cholesterol in the blood stream, reduce body weight, detoxify the liver, and help to reduce high blood pressure. The ongoing exhibition in Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel is all about Pu'er tea. It exhibits some of the top-level Pu'er varieties such as Dingxing Raw tea produced in the 1930s, as well as Pu'er tea sets and other utensils. Declared a tea for emperors during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Pu'er's popularity today is driven by China's new rich for whom it is a trapping of the good life.