凉茶(Liángchá), cold herbal tea, has gone from being a traditional beverage from the Guăngdōng/ Hong Kong/ Macau area, to becoming a massively popular canned soft drink with sales numbers that rival those of Coca Cola.
The main ingredients of liángchá are water, sugar, honeysuckle, chrysanthemum and Chinese mesona (a plant in the mint family). In traditional Chinese medicine lingo, liángchá reduces body “heat”, and is good for balancing a hot or fatty diet, which makes it particularly popular with meat dishes. An unnamed Mingbai editor also recommends it for hangovers.
The two famous rival companies, 王老吉 (Wáng Lăo Jí) and 加多宝 (Jiā Duō Băo), have extremely similar designs - red cans with yellow characters - and have fought long and vicious high profile court cases over the rights to the design and the recipe. The winner? The advertising industry, of course!
Like Coke and Pepsi, but more drama. Nanfang Online