Explore Chinese tea culture in early spring

It’s harvest season for spring tea in China and you could do worse than trying Longjing, Pu-erh, Big Red Robe or Mount Emei tea.

Longjing Tea

Growing in the area surrounding the West Lake in Hangzhou, China, Longjing is a type of green tea first recorded over 1,200 years ago. It’s well-known for being green in color, fragrant in smell and sweet in taste. Ming Qian or Pre-Qingming Longjing tea is a top-quality tea, produced prior to the Qingming Festival during early April.

Pu-erh Tea

Located in China’s Yunnan Province, the county of Xishuangbanna is world-famous for its Pu-erh tea, which dates back 3,000 years. Every year in March and April, mountains in Xishuangbanna are covered with green tea trees, waiting for tea pickers to harvest. Tourists are welcome to help with the tea-picking process and may stamp on the wrappers of Pu-erh Tea cakes to commemorate the special experience.

Big Red Robe

Coming from the Wu Yi Mountains in Fujian Province in China, Dahongpao or Big Red Robe is known as the “King of All Teas.” You can steep the Dahongpao tea nine times, and its sweet, olive fragrance will continue to be experienced each time. At Wuyi Mountains, tourists can not only experience tea picking but also the renowned night show “Impression Dahongpao”.

Mount Emei Tea

Mount Emei is located in the southwest of Emei City of Sichuan Province. The tea gardens in the mountain area are mainly distributed around the Qing Yin Pavilion and Wannian Temple, standing over 800 meters above sea level. Emei Xueya and Zhuyeqing are some of the famous types of Mount Emei Tea. The best season to experience tea picking in the Emei Mountains is also during early April.

Wu Yi Mountains [Image Credit: China.org.cn]

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