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Top Places in China to Enjoy Tea

Date: 2013-11-18

What first comes to mind when you think of China? Great wall, Confucius, porcelains or silk? For many people, Chinese tea together with the long, ritual boiling tea process and refined tea set will be the image. Those obsessed with tea may all the way come to China to appreciate the authentic tea culture, visit the tea production areas, and of course have a cup of local tea. Here we recommend you top places where you may either have chance to see the tea planting and picking or enjoy the tea time in a tea culture city. Anyway, never miss to buy some fresh local tea. 

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1. Suzhou in Jiangsu Province 

The Jiangnan area in China include Suzhou and Hangzhou is the most prolific tea-growing areas, with most output being the green variety. Suzhou’s Dongting Biluochun is famed as China's No. 2 imperial tea. How comfortable it is to drink Biluochun tea meanwhile enjoying the exquisite emperor garden architectures! No far from Suzhou, Yixing city is celebrated for Yixing teapots. Here you can learn how to make a Yixing teapot and take it home.  

2. Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province 

West Lake Dragon Well in Hangzhou is known as China's No. 1 tea. Take a trip to National Tea Museum, China's only museum dedicated to the history and types of Chinese tea, and then Long Jing village where Dragon Well Green Tea is grown. You’ll have chance to see tea picking and how it is fired in a wok, and feast on some tea dishes…  


3. Huangshan in Anhui Province 

Huangshan is not only famous for the spectacular Yellow Mountain, but also for being the growing area of Huangshan Maofeng, one of China's top five teas and top ten tea Qimen Black Tea, as well as Yellow Mountain Tribute Chrysanthemum (Huangshan Gongju) - the best Chrysanthemum tea. A visit to Huangshan seems to be a must for your China tea tour.

4. Wuyishan in Fujian Province  

Wuyishan is the birthplace of China's rock teas (Wuyi Yancha). Visit several tea gardens, taste different types of Oolong tea and learn the history! We highly recommend you to boat on Nine Curves River and climb the Wuyi Mountain, where you can see Da Hong Pao's mother bush, which is more than 350 years old and grows on a rock. 


5. Anxi in Fujian Province 

About 40 km northwest of Quanzhou City in Fujian province, Anxi is where famous Tie Guan Yin tea was originally discovered. Tie Guan Yin tea stands out among varied types of oolong tea due to its floral aroma and long lasting finish. Make sure visit Tieguanyin Cultural Garden and Weiyin Tea Factory in Xinping Village. Please be noted that the best jasmine tea is also produced in Fujian Province.  

6. Pu’er in Yunnan Province 

Pu’er tea is a large leafed tea from Yunnan province and known as a medicinal tea, as drinking it can lower cholesterol in the blood stream remarkably. Pu’Er tea derives its name from the market town of Pu-er, where it was first processed and traded. Anyway, many other parts of Yunnan produce Pu’er tea too, such as Xishuangbanna, which used to be an endpoints of the Ancient Tea-Horse Road, and now produces some of the best Puer tea.  


7. Chengdu in Sichuan  Province

The giant panda’s hometown is also famous for tea culture and tea drinking. There are quaint teahouses of varied sizes and styles here and there, attracting locals and outsiders to sit down and enjoy a happy tea time, just like you do in the cafes in Europe. Apart from reading books and newspapers and chatting, you can also play mahjong and cards. 120 km southwest of Chengdu, Ya’an has been producing tea for 2,000 years, and is well worth a visit. 

8. Other Tea Culture Cites

It will not surprise you that tea drinking is popular and a tradition throughout China, though the habit a bit varies in different areas. Like Jasmine tea is a favorite for Beijingers, while milky tea is liked by people in Hong Kong and Guangdong, and Guilin has a special tea named Oil Tea.  

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Comments

  • Asked by Teresa Carbone
    2015-10-27 18:23
    Hi, Do you have prices and dates for the china and korea tea tour next year
     
    Answered by Ricky
    2015-10-28 08:57
    Good morning, Teresa,

    Thanks for contacting Easy Tour China.

    It was so nice meeting you at Australian Tea Expo held in Geelong. We have added your email into our database. Once there is any further news about the 2016 tea tour, we will let you know via email.

    Right now we still haven't decided the final departure date for the next year tour, which is approximately around June.

    Keep in touch and have a good day!

    Ricky Yang
  • Asked by Don aditya
    2015-01-21 08:58
    Tea tour. Solo traveler
     
    Answered by Ricky
    2015-01-21 09:35
    Dear Don,

    Thanks for contacting Easy Tour China.

    We are very pleased to be of service to you. Easy Tour China has several tea tour packages for your selection. Please feel free to visit the webpage at http://www.easytourchina.com/tour-c8-china-tea-tours. For more travel details, our professional consultant will be in touch with you soon via email.

    Have a nice day there!

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