I'm a bit late entering this one. I love both, but what it comes down too it that I actually drink more chinese tea than japanese even though I like japanese more. For my part it is a supply issue, I can find a lot more chinese tea locally ( I am only speaking of greens and nothing else here) than I can japanese. I order most my Japanese tea from Yuuki-Cha with the exceptions being some sencha and matcha I get from local shops.
My favorite tea hands down is gyokuro.
an example of my chinese tea use would be this week I have drank Ming an ji bai cha, Gu zhu zi sun, silver needle green, and a rishi jade cloud. All chinese greens compared to the three servings of matcha genmaicha from japan. I really am not a fan of houjicha, though I love pretty much all other japanese offerings I would drink a wider variety of kabusecha, Kamairicha, bancha, gyokuro, sencha, and matcha if I could walk down the street and obtain them the way I can the chinese greens.
On another note there is a certain element of romance and dedication that goes into japanese tea. I love sencha-do and cha-no-yu and practice both. I find their is no equivalent ceremony for chinese green and drink a lot of it "old man" style this is quick and efficient for me but it is not like gong fu ( I do not consider gong-fu a green tea process.) Japanese tea is more "sacred" to me, where as a lot of time chinese greens is just to get my "fix" even though I really enjoy and appreciate the nuance.
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