"In the midst of the forest, a taste of bitter to survive the world ..."
The origin story of tea changes with each telling. Similar to the substance itself, '... singular, yet composed of infinite variety'.
Ai Leng is an ancestor of the Bulang people; Nan Falai is the daughter of a valley Dai ruler and Ai Leng's consort. Their story has been handed down in story and song from one generation to the next. It has been inscribed in local manuscripts, colonial accounts and ethnographies.