I'm looking for vocabulary to help puzzle-out the kind of tea contained in various packages from the Chinese characters on their labels.

So far I recognize 茶(tea) and 叶(leaves). (Apparently these are simplified-Chinese forms.)

On the label i have in front of me, I can't even tell where the variety is named (as opposed to brand name, promotional adjectives, etc.) The biggest character, I assume, is just a stylized caligraphic 茶(tea): enter image description here

The other main parts are near the top, in the middle below the big 茶(tea), and at the bottom: enter image description here

I am not sure where to look even, and I don't have a way to find or enter characters for searching, so any help with tea-variety vocabulary or other hints would be appreciated.

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铁观音 Tie Guanyin Tea / tat-kuan-yin Tea / Iron Buddha Tea
乌龙茶 Oolong Tea 
黑茶 Dark Tea
红茶 Black Tea
龙井茶 Longjing Tea / Lungching Tea / Dragon Well Tea
君山银针 Junshan Silver Needle Tea
碧螺春 Biluochun Tea
牡丹绣球 Peony Jasmine Tea
黄山毛峰 Huangshan Maofeng Tea
岩茶 Rock Tea
冻顶乌龙 Dongding Oolong Tea
菊花茶 Chrysanthemum Tea
台湾阿里山乌龙 Taiwan Alishan Oolong Tea
大红袍 Dahongpao Tea (Wuyi Mountain Rock Tea)
普洱 Pu'er Tea
祁门红茶 Keemun Black Tea
茉莉花茶 Jasmine Tea
陈年普洱 Aged Pu'er Tea
立顿红茶 Lipton Black Tea
台湾冻顶乌龙 Taiwan Dongding Oolong Tea
绿茶 Green Tea
太平猴魁 Taiping Houkui Tea  (A kind of Green Tea)
西湖龙井 Xihu Longjing Tea  (A kind of Green Tea)
大白毫 White Milli-Silver Needle Tea
信阳毛尖 Xinyang Maojian Tea  (A kind of Green Tea)

Source : http://www.dxmtea.com/captions.asp?id=585, and multiple others

So your package showed 铁观音 (Tie Guanyin Tea) 神品(Shen Pin, This is a brand maybe) 藏香 (Stock Flavored) 真空无氧包装(Vacuumed and oxygen-free packaging) 茶叶新鲜原味(Fresh and Original Flavor Tea).

铁观音 is a kind of Oolong Tea here, this package assumes you already knew it's a name of tea.


If you need to look up Chinese tea terms (including 藏香), please have a look at this Chinese tea lexicon, which has well over 3000 terms defined and cross-referenced. Disclosure: I created the site about ten years ago and have been maintaining it ever since.

  • I'm impressed that you've managed to maintain this site for so long.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Dec 16, 2019 at 13:47

tomriddle_1234 already give you a big list.

However, if you want to make the learning experience a bit more interesting, you can use the color list

All of them are wikipedia pages. They all have Chinese and English version.

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    Note to those who don't know: What we call "Black tea" in English is 红茶="red tea" in Chinese. Dec 25, 2012 at 16:44

Tomriddle_1234 provided a great detailed translation. In the future, if u have an iPhone or iPad, you can add a couple Chinese character keyboards to input the words by writing (but brush strokes have a very specific order to input- left to right then top to bottom)


Thanks to @Stumpy Joe for his comment above about translation of tea colours. For completeness, note that 红茶 (lit. 'red tea') is 'black tea' in English, while 黑茶 (lit. 'black tea') is usually translated as 'dark tea'.

See @tomriddle's answer for a very good run-down of the more popular kinds of tea.

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