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Oolong teas reached the height of their popularity during the Qing dynasty, with the introduction of Ti Quan Yin, or Iron Goddess of Mercy, to the emperor Qian Lung, who was so enamored by the beauty of the tea that word of it quickly spread. This was also about the time that the gongfu ceremonial method of serving tea came about and played an instrumental role in politicaland modern warfare during that period. Oolong tea was usually served out of special handmade teapots made out of purple clay called yixing teapots. These were designed to be used with one type of tea only in order to season the teapot and avoid cross-contamination of flavors.