For All The Tea In China

By Sarah Rose.

Read by Maureen Beattie.

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0120090427

By Sarah Rose.

Read by Maureen Beattie.In 1848, the East India Company engages a Scottish plant hunter to infiltrate deep into the interior of China to steal the lucrative secrets of tea.

02*20090428

Scottish plant hunter Robert Fortune disguises himself as a mandarin and sets sail on a junk for the famed green tea district of northern China.

03*20090429

Robert Fortune reaches the gates of a green tea factory in the Wu Yi Shan Mountains and is the first westerner to see the secret process that turns the leaves into delicate brews.

04*20090430

Having procured tea seeds and young plants from the fabled Wu Yi Shan Mountains, Robert Fortune has to transport them to India in order to kickstart a new industry in the Himalayan mountains.

05 LAST20090501

By Sarah Rose.

Robert Fortune travels 250 miles by junk and sedan into the interior of China to discover what he can of the secrets of black tea.

Read by Maureen Beattie.

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

Robert Fortune travels 250 miles by junk and sedan into the interior of China.