As the production hub of tea trees in the world, Pu'er City is the hometown of Pu'er tea and the source of the ancient tea-trading route. Currently, the official documents – in Chinese and English - for the Ancient Tea Garden on the Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er to apply for the World Cultural Heritage are being drafted and revised. These documents will be submitted to the State Administration of Cultural Heritage by the end of March. It is highly anticipated that the tea garden will be listed as one World Cultural Heritage site soon.
Application documents passed preliminary expert review
According to Wei Xing, Party chief of Pu'er, the application is a kind of recognition of the tea history, a realistic presentation of tea, as well as an optimistic indication for the future of tea. He believes that the goal of the application is to arouse the attention from international organizations on the value of the Ancient Tea Garden and the Pu'er tea. Meanwhile, the initiative is also aimed at fulfilling the World Cultural Heritage list by including tea culture into its ranks and making contributions to the protection of shared cultural heritages of the human kind.