Bing Dao is one of the most famous ancient tea tree areas, located in the very north of Mengku, Lincang, Yunnan. The history of this tea started at least 500 years ago when the Dai ethnic group started to cultivate tea on this land. Due to its high-quality, special character, and sweet taste, this tea was appreciated by the local aristocracy and was drunk during international events. All these aspects made tea from Bing Dao very famous. Nowadays, Bing Dao is one of the most expensive raw materials for sheng pu'er production.
Mao Cha translates as a "rough tea" and means that this tea is unfinished and is in an intermediate stage of production. This term is used for a tea material which is ready to be steamed and pressed in case of Sheng Pu'Er production. This type of tea is used for blending and further storage before being pressed into 'cakes'.