Tiercel wrote:On that site, they claimed that during the Cultural Revolution, much of the tea making skill and knowledge of mainland China was lost, but was preserved on Taiwan.
Im not an expert in tea. but what i know from various tea magazinea is that isn't true. They produced some of the best pu erh at that time, which now sells for thousands of dollars, tea even taiwanese imported them.
This is a complicated (and politically sensitive) question, and I think most folks who have an opinion on it probably have some kind of bias one way or another.
I do not claim to be an expert in either Chinese history or in aged pu'er, but I think it is true that most of the famous landmark vintage cakes were produced before the CR. Tea produced during the CR (especially the early years) would be fairly rare and hard to authenticate, and while it would probably be worth thousands of dollars for one piece, the stuff produced pre-CR would be worth more, whether that's because it's better, or just because it's older. For example, 50s hong yin, or any teas produced before the 40s, is probably more valuable than most tea from the late 60s / early 70s.
While I don't think it's true that all tea knowledge was lost in the Mainland, or that Taiwan has been singlehandedly keeping the torch alive for years, I think most people would agree that the Cultural Revolution did have a destructive influence on Chinese art and culture in various ways.