I don’t normally have to include the full subtitle of a book, but as I’ve got two books, by different authors, both titled ‘Green Gold’ (and I fully intend to read and review them both), I needed to differentiate.

I’ve been slowly working my way up to this book; I mentally categorize it in the trifecta of historical China tea-industry books, alongside Gardella’s Harvesting Mountains (1757-1937) and Smith’s Taxing Heaven’s Storehouse (1074-1224). This’ by far the shortest–about 250 pages–so of course I decided to hit it last. As the title suggests, it follows China’s tea production under the People’s Republic, up until roughly present day (the book was published in 1993). Continue reading