China Tea Culture Travel
Start a China Tea Culture Travel with China Dragon Tours, you will have the opportunity to dive into the ancient Chinese tea culture. From Museums to natural scenery where some of the rarest tea plantations are still grown. Major tea plantations and famous tea gardens are on the top of our China Tea Tour plan, such as Longjing’s tea villages and plantations, Royal Tea Garden in Wuyi Mountain, Fujian and Fujian Fuding Diantou Tea Garden, as well as Top Ancient Puer Tea Mountains in Yunnan.
Famous Tea in China
There are several opinions of the best Chinese teas, or the title China’s Famous Teas (中国名茶) or Ten Great Chinese Teas (中国十大名茶), depending on current trends in Chinese tea, as well as the region and tastes of the person. China’s top ten most famous teas are mostly green teas, including: Dragon Well also known as Longjing, Dongting Bi Luo Chun, Huangshan Maofeng, Liuan Guapian (Melon Seed tea), Xinyang Maojian and Duyun Maojian, which are all very delicious green teas. The rest of the list includes Anxi Tie Guan Yin which is an Oolong tea, Wuyi Rock tea which is another delicious Oolong Tea, Keemun which is a strong black tea and Junshan Yinzhen which is actually a sort of yellow tea. Pu’er tea from Yunnan also gains increasing fame in recent years.
Top 10 Famous Chinese Teas
Longjing tea (also spelled Lungching; ‘Dragonwell’)
Biluochun tea (also spelled Pi lou chun, ‘Green snail spring’)
Anxi Tieguanyin tea
Anxi, Quanzhou, Fujian
Huangshan Maofeng tea
Junshan Yinzhen (‘Jun Mountain silver needle’)
Keemun Black tea
Qimen, Huangshan, Anhui
Lu’an Melon Seed tea
Jinzhai, Lu’an, Anhui
Pu’er City, Yunnan
Post-fermented tea or “dark” tea
Baihao Yinzhen (‘White tip silver needle’)
Fuding, Ningde, Fujian
Tea Plantations in China
Tea tends to be produced mostly in the provinces towards the south and east of China, where the climate is humid and ranges from tropical to subtropical, although teas are grown commercially from Hainan Island down in the extreme south to Shandong Province in the north, from Tibet in the southwest to Taiwan across the Straits. Because of varying geographic location and climate, different regions grow various kinds of tea.
Tea -producing Regions in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Tea Gardens in China
Chinese tea gardens are must-visit sites for your China Tea Culture Travel. The tea plantations in China are generally in mountains and hills in south China. Some of the tea gradens provide interactive activities like tea-making, tea ceremony, and tea processing display. Top 10 most beautiful tea gardens in China are as follows:
Yunnan Wuliang Mountain Tea Garden
Yunnan Jingmai Tea Mountain
Guangdong Yingde Tea Garden
Anhui Yaoxi Tea Garden
Chongqing Tea and Bamboo Garden
Fujian Fuding Diantou Tea Garden
Guangxi Liubao Tea Garden
Zhejiang Qianzhang Yougu Tea Garden
Longjing Tea Village in Hangzhou
Zhejiang Jingshan Tea Garden
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Best China Tea Culture Tours
Join our Tea Culture Tours 2020 to visit the tea plantations in China, particularlty the King of the Tea Tree in Yunnan, experience tea picking and tea making, learn to brew a cup of tea, as well as tasting the tea and listenning to the tea masters to know more about Chinese tea culture.
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Best Places/Time for China Tea Culture Travel
For those interested in taking a tea tour, below are three starting points, corresponding to three of China’s most well known teas, each different in climate, geography and taste.
Hangzhou: Longjing (Dragon Well) Green Tea
Located just south of Hangzhou province’s beautiful West Lake, Longjing is home to China’s most celebrated green tea, which is the color of jade and has the fresh aroma of chestnuts and cut grass.
Best Time to Visit: During China’s Qing Ming Festival (usually April) when most picking and roasting take place.
Where to Visit: Longjing’s tea villages and plantations — many are open to the public — are connected by a cycle pathway and bus route. China National Tea Museum, 88 Longjing Road, West Lake, Hangzhou; +86 571 8796 4221; open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May-October 7; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., October 8-April 30. Among the temples, pagodas and gardens lining the shores of nearby West Lake sit many small tea houses where longjing tea can be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere.
Transportation: Hangzhou is reached by high-speed train from Shanghai’s Hongqiao Railway Station. Trains run every 30 minutes and take one hour.
Fujian: Wuyi Mountain Oolong Tea
Oolong tea, a fragrant partially oxidized tea midway between green teas like longjing and black teas like pu’er, has its origins in southern China’s Fujian province. The most famous of Fujian’s Oolongs, Da Hong pao or “big red robe” tea comes from Wuyi Mountain, a UNESCO-protected natural heritage site rich with rare and animal life, centered around the pristine Nine Twists River.
Best Time to Visit: Spring the right time for Tea Culture tour in Fujian, March for Green Tea, April and May are good time for rock tea.
Where to Visit: Wuyi Shan UNESCO World Heritage Site: daily from 7:30 a.m.; admission RMB 235 ($38) for a two-day pass. Royal Tea Garden in Wuyi Mountain, Fujian and Fujian Fuding Diantou Tea Garden are also best places to experience Fujian tea culture.
Transportation: Wuyi Shan has its own airport with daily flights to and from major Chinese cities.
Southern Yunnan: Pu’er tea
Pu’er, a fermented and aged black tea with a complex, earthy taste, is considered the pinnacle of all Chinese teas. Usually pressed into cakes, it’s allowed to age so that its complexity and depth of flavor increase over time (as does the price), again drawing comparisons to wine.
Best Time to Visit: Spring is also the best time for Yunnan Pu’er tea culture tour, followed by Autumn. Yunnan Pu’er tea culture tour in April will encounter the Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna.
Where to Visit: Nannuo Mountain Tea Plantations, Yiwu Mountain Tea Plantations, Xibanshan Mountain Tea Plantation, Yunnan Jingmai Tea Mountain and Top Ancient Puer Tea Mountains in Yunnan are the best choices.
Transportation: There are daily flights to the regional capital, Jinghong, from all major Chinese cities, or you can fly directly into the smaller Pu’er Simao airport.
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Things to Know before China Tea Culture Travel
To learn some Chinese tea facts before you start the China Tea Culture tours is helpful to the tea tour plan and will make you feel at easy when tasting the tea with the Chinese, as you have already kept some tea facts and tea drinking customs in mind.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in china.
Tea grown in different areas has different flavors.
The longer some teas are stored the more expensive they are.
Serving tea to elders or guests is a sign of respect.
Chinese people believe tea is good for weight loss.
Tea is a great social media.
Chinese people think a tea set is very important for a good cup of tea.
The planet’s most ancient grown tea tree is over 3,200 years old and is located in Fengqing County, south-west China’s Yunnan province.
China produces the most tea in the world and supplies around 30 percent of total tea demands to the world. India is the close second producer.
The world’s most high-priced tea can be found in the mountain ranges of Ya’An in China’s southwest Sichuan province.
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