Chinese tea is a beverage from the leaves of tea plants (Camellia sinensis) boiled with water, which are ordinarily used for tea in China. Tea leaves are processed using traditional Chinese methods. The Chinese tea is drunk throughout the day, including during meals, as a substitute for plain water for health or simple pleasure. China is the birthplace of tea, and drinking the beverage has long been an important aspect of Chinese culture. Today, tea has become the world's most popular beverage.