This is an engrossing study of the Puer tea industry and the many cultural spheres that surround it. It will be of keen interest to the Western tea trade as well as its historians, connoisseurs, and enthusiasts. Tea publications rarely, if ever, discuss the complex relationships that quite literally bring tea to the table and never is the anatomy of tea dissected in such a wide ranging, thorough, and engaging way.(Steven D. Owyoung, cotranslator of Korean Tea Classics)
An admirably coherent analysis of the complex social relationships that shaped the Pu'er market.... and a fine addition to the literature on the cultural biographies of commodities.... Recommended for the teaching of political economy, cultural economy, Chinese social transformation, and regional development studies.(China Quarterly 2014-01-00)
Jinghong Zhang is a lecturer at Yunnan University.