The tea forests in Pu'er City, Yunnan Province in southwest China, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on September 17, becoming the world's first tea culture World Heritage Site.
Formally known as the Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er, it is China's 57th UNESCO World Heritage Site. The local history of tea cultivation dates back more than 1,000 years.
Traditional tea-processing techniques and their associated social practices in China were added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2022.
An ongoing exhibition at the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, which housed China's imperial palace from 1420 to 1911, in Beijing, showcases hundreds of items that give visitors a glimpse of the country's millennia-old tea culture.