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white; empty; blank; bright; clear; plain; pure; gratuitous
tea; tea plant
simp. and trad.


(bái, “white”) describes the hairs covering the buds of the tea plant, which are used to produce some types of white tea, such as 白毫銀針白毫银针 (“white hair silver needle”).




  1. white tea
  2. (Taipei Min Nan) boiled water; hot water served as a hot beverage.
    • 2006, Theroux, Paul, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, →ISBN, page 314:
      The young men from Hong Kong shivered in the compartment like prisoners in a dungeon. They drank hot water. I offered them some of my green tea (Zhulan brand: "A tea from ancient kings for those with kingly tastes") but they said no; they preferred drinking hot water. "White tea," the Chinese call it, bai cha.


Dialectal synonyms of 開水 (“boiled water”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 開水
Mandarin Beijing 開水
Taiwan 開水
Tianjin 開水
Jinan 開水
Xi'an 開水
Wuhan 開水
Chengdu 開水
Yangzhou 開水
Hefei 開水
Cantonese Guangzhou 滾水
Hong Kong 滾水
Taishan 滾水
Yangjiang 滾水
Gan Nanchang 開水
Hakka Meixian 滾水
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 滾水
Liudui (S. Sixian) 滾水
Hsinchu (Hailu) 滾水
Dongshi (Dabu) 滾水
Zhuolan (Raoping) 滾水
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 滾水
Jin Taiyuan 開水
Min Bei Jian'ou 滾湯開水
Min Dong Fuzhou 開水滾湯
Min Nan Xiamen 滾水
Quanzhou 滾水
Zhangzhou 滾水
Taipei 白茶滾水
Kaohsiung 滾水
Tainan 滾水
Taichung 滾水
Hsinchu 滾水
Lukang 滾水
Sanxia 滾水
Yilan 滾水
Kinmen 滾水
Magong 滾水
Chaozhou 滾水
Wu Shanghai 開水茶水
Suzhou 開水
Wenzhou 開水茶湯
Xiang Changsha 開水
Shuangfeng 開水


Kanji in this term
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白茶 (hiragana しらちゃ, rōmaji shiracha)

  1. white tea