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Cooling tea for summer heat

Hot weather is officially here, with the summer solstice just a few days away. All over China, the weather map takes on various shades of red as the country swelters.  While the north is dry and hot, the southern regions are baking in humid heat known as sauna weather. That is why herbal teas are always an important part of summer.  These teas are infused with Chinese herbs and may taste slightly sweet or intensely bitter, depending on what they were prescribed for. But for as long as we can remember, herbal teas have been popular in the south. "Cooling herbal tea" or liangcha is so much a part of Chinese life that it has been listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Hot weather is officially here, with the summer solstice just a few days away. All over China, the weather map takes on various shades of red as the country swelters.

While the north is dry and hot, the southern regions are baking in humid heat known as sauna weather. That is why herbal teas are always…

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