Tea Culture Tour Guide in China

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Tea Culture Tour in China

Tea is a healthy drink. It plays a significant role in Chinese history. High quality teas always grow in places having beautiful scenic spots. Whether go to these places to taste and purchase tea or to enjoy life and nature, take a tea culture tour will give visitors’ a fully relaxation.

Tea enjoys a history of over 3,000 years in China. In ancient time, Chinese tea was transported to Europe through the Silk Road. Now, due to the convenient transportation, tea has been spread worldwide and people from all over the world have known tea.

If you are a fan to tea, you must have interests in tea culture. Visitors to tea production places will know more about tea. There are ten famous tea places:
Longjing in Xihu, Hangzhou; Biluochun on Dongting Hill, Suzhou; Maofeng on Huangshan, Huangshan city; Maojian from Duyun, Guizhou province; Tie Guanyin from Anxi County, Fujian; Yinzhen on Junshan, Dongting City; Liuan Guapian in Hefei city, Anhui province; Maojian in Xinyang; Yan Tea from Wuyi city, Fujian province; Keemun black tea in Anhui province.

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Longjing Tea

Longjing Tea in West Lake, Hangzhou 西湖龙井

Longjing Tea of West Lake enjoys a history of over 1,200 years. It was tribute to Shunzhi emperor of the Qing Dynasty. Longjing tea is a kind of green tea. Many Chinese ancient poets praised Longjing Tea and even wrote poems about it.
Longjing Tea Festival is held every year in Spring from late March to early April when flowers bloom and the tea quality is the best. Many people will buy some West Lake Longjing tea during this festival. There are performances about traditional skills and how to make West Lake Longjing tea in this time. It is one of the best opportunities for visitors to get a deeper understanding about West Lake Longjing tea and know the culture of it. Visitors can have a taste of high quality tea and purchase them.
West Lake is the most famous attraction in Hangzhou.Scenery spots on the West Lake are breathtaking. Good place always products high quality tea. Hangzhou is a top tourist city with its beautiful sceneries, long history and deep culture.
Location: Hanghou, Zhengjiang province

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Dongding Lake

Biluochun on Dongting Hill, Suzhou 洞庭碧螺春

Biluochun is produced on Dongting Hill in Ti Lake. Biluochun is a kind of green tea. It has been popular since the Ming Dynasty and enjoys a history of over 1000 years. According to the tea quality, Dongting Biluochun is divided into 7 levels. The 1st level Biluochun is the best quality, the leaves of which is the smallest in all Biluochun. Biluochun is verdant (Bi in Chinese) and looks like a trumpet shell (luo in Chinese), so it gets the name.
Make Biluochun with 70 - 80 degrade centigrade water and the tea leaves will slowly unfold. It is better to use glasses when drinking Biluochun as their white hairs can be clearly seen.

West Hill and East Hill consist of Dongting Hill. East Hill is just like a giant ship on the Tai Lake. East Hill (Dongshan) County is the main product place of Biluochun. To East Hill County, visitors can hear tea experts talking about the knowledge of Biluochun, like the history and how to make it, and watch the whole production procedures. There are Tea Culture Festivals in Dongshan county every year. Visitors can experience picking tea leaves of Biluochun from tea trees and hiking on the hills.
Location: Dongshan County, Suzhou, Jiangsu province

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Yellow Mountain

Maofeng from Yellow mountain, Huangshan city 黄山毛峰

Maofeng from Yellow mountain has been famous from the Qing Dynasty. It is a kind of green tea. According to the quality of Maofeng from Yellow Mountain, there are 4 grades. The best grade is the special grade and the 1st grade. Drinking Maofeng tea every day will keep fit, slow down aging, be good for skin, cheer people up and has antibacterial effect and so on.
The tea leaves of Maofeng are covered with white hairs and the tips are shaped like mountain peaks, which gives the name of Maofeng tea.
How to make Maofeng tea
Generally, to make green tea, the weight ratio of tea leaves and water reaching 1 to 80 is perfect. Use 80 to 90 degree centigrade water to make tender Maofeng tea. Pouring water and waiting for 3 to 10 minutes according to the quantity of tea leaves. Then drink it. Do not wait too long! The taste of the stale tea is no good.
Famous mountain products famous tea. Yellow Mountain is famous for four wonders: wondrous old pines, oddly shaped rocks, hot springs and the sea of clouds shrouding the mountain. The Guest - Greeting pine is the symbol of Yellow Mountain. On the top of the Yellow Mountain, visitors will see clouds under their feet. This feeling is like in the heaven.
Location:  It lies about 50 km (30 miles) north of Huangshan City,Anhui Province, Eastern China, about 300 km (200 miles) west of Hangzhou and 500 km (300 miles) southwest of Shanghai.
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Tea Culture

Maojian from Xinyang 信阳毛尖

Maojian from Xinyang is crowned as the King of green tea. It enjoys a history of more than 2,300 years. It is slender, round, straight in appearance with excessive pekoes. Xinyang Maojian is emerald in color and has bright and clear soup. The best quality Maojian tea leaves are picked before the April 5th. Tiny and tender tips of tea leaves, many white hairs on the tips and bright tea soup are two characteristics of the best quality Maojian tea.
How to pick Xinyang Maojian
There are three steps to help you to pick high quality Maojian. Firstly, take a look at them. Look the shape and color of Maojian.High quality Maojian leaves are green, smooth thick and small. Secondly, entwist them. Grab tea leaves and entwist them to see the their drying degree. The water contend of high quality Maojian is very low, about 6.5%. Thirdly, taste tea leaves. Taste tea leaves if you feel bitter, astringent, sweet and fresh tastes, the quality of this Maojian tea is high.
How to make Xinyang Maojian
First step is to wash tea. Use 85 degree centigrade water to wash. Second step is to make tea. Pouring 85 degree centigrade water to make Maojian tea. Drink it after waiting for half minutes. When the soup is one third left, you can refill it. Generally, refill 3 to 5 times are enough.
Xinyang is in Henan province. In Henan, Luoyang and Kaifeng are two ancient capitals of different dynasties of China. They are two of birth places of Chinese civilization. Luoyang served as country’s capital for 13 Chinese dynasties.
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Tea Garden

Silver Needle from Junshan, Dongting City 君山银针

Silver Needle from Junshan is a representative of Yellow tea which was discovered by chance when making green tea . People found that if leaves were not dried promptly after being finished, kneaded and twisted, they would turn yellow in colour, forming yellow tea.
The slender shape of Silver Needle’ leaf is just like needle, hence the name. It is produced on Junshan in Dongting Lake. Since the Tang Dynasty, the Silver Needle has been famous. It is said that when Wencheng Princess of the Tang married Sontzen Gampo of Tubo, she took Silver Needle to Tubo (now Tibet). Besides, it was the contribute to emperors of the Qing Dynasty.
Characteristic of Silver Needle
Silver Needle tea is made of tips of Silver Needle leaves. Tips are full with white hairs. When making Silver Needle tea, every leaf is vertical.Tea soup is transparent yellow. Collection demand of Silver Needle tea leaves is very strict. Take strict collection time as an example. Silver Needle tea leaves should be picked during the time 7 to 10 days before or after the Qingming Festival of China. Even in those days, there are some days which are not suitable for picking Silver Needle like rainy days or windy days. Moreover, the size of Silver Needle has strict demands as well.
The production place of Silver Needle is Junshan Mountain in Dongting Lake which is a top tourist destination in Yueyang city, Hunan province. Chairman Mao was born in Hunan province.
There are many beautiful places in Hunan like Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang and Changsha, the capital of Hunan.Many views in famous movie Avatar were shoot in Zhangjiajie which is a paradise of brooks and mountains. In Fenghuang Ancient city, visitors will find Miao villages with strong regional features.
Location of Junshan Mountain: in the north of Yueyang city, Hunan province
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Black tea from Keemun (Qimen) , Huangshang City 祁门红茶

Keemun black tea is produced in the Qimen county of Huangshan city. Qimen black tea crowned as the queen of black tea tastes winy and fruity. It is a famous Chinese tea with a relatively short history of about 140 years. It was first produced in 1875 and soon gained popularity in England. It has even become the favorite drink among British queen and royal families.
Qimen black tea should be picked around Pure brightness Festival and requires a very particular process. It is baked in a sealed room and heated at a low temperature to bring out the fragrance of the leaves. The colour is jet black with a bit of gray.
How to make Qimen black tea
The first step is to wash tea. Put tea leaves in cup. Right hand pouring hot water and left hand holds cup cover to scrape bubbles. Then put cover on the cup and pour the tea soup. The second step is to make tea. The ratio of tea leaves and water is about 1 to 50. Then, you can drink your tea. When you sip the tea, youu will feel the aroma of the tea linger in your mouth.
There are some attractions in Qimen. Besides, Qimen County is in the west side of Yellow Mountain. The transportation from Qimen to Yellow Mountain is convenient. After visiting the gorgeous Yellow Mountain scenery, visitors can taste high quality Qimen Black tea in Qimen County.
Location: Qimen county, Huangshan city, Anhui province
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Tea house

Tie Guanyin in Anxi County, Fujian 安溪铁观音

Tie Guanyin is produced in Yaoyang Town of Anxi County, Fujian Province. It is one of the best Wulong tea. Tieguanyin in Anxi enjoys a hisitory of over 200 years. Often drinking Tie Guanyin has the effects of purifying the heart, brightening the eyes, preventing arteriosclerosis and reducing fat and weight. The output of Tieguanyin is lower than other tea. It is delicate.
In Anxi, visitors will see Tieguanyin everywhere. Despite of Tieguanyin, Anxi county has its own charm. This town itself is also an special town. Anxi is surrounded by mountain and sea with hundreds of years charming. Civil buildings in here are in strong south Fujian characteristic. Local foods are delicious, like rich noodle and taro.
The convenient transportation allows many tea fans to get to Anxi which is only 50 minutes drive from Xiamen and Quanzhou. Xiamen is like a giant garden built on the sea, which is a top tourist destination in China. Xiamen’s environment is also on the top in China. There are a lot of famous attractions in Xiamen, like Gulang Island Scenery and Xiamen Underwater World.
Thanks to its rich cultural and historical past, the city of Quanzhou abounds in noteworthy sites of interest to the tourist, both the foreign as well as the domestic tourist, and thanks to its unique physical setting, Quanzhou is also rich in natural scenic sites. 
Anxi Location: Quanzhou, Fujian province
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Yan Tea from Wuyi city, Fujian province 武夷岩茶

Yan tea produced on Wuyi Mountain is a kind of Wulong tea. Wuyi Yancha, or Wuyi Rock Tea is a kind of Oolong tea, which only produced in Wuyi Mountain Region of Fujian Province. It is one of the China’s 10 Most Famous Teas and the best-known Oolong tea. Wuyi Rock Tea trees grow among rocks, which makes it name Yancha.
Characteristics
It is a semi-fermented Oolong tea. The manufacture craft is between the manufacture craft of green and red tea. So it has characteristics of both black and green tea: the clean and fresh flavor of green tea, sweet and mellow fragrance of black tea.  
Chinese Oolong Tea comes mainly from Guangdong and Fujian provinces as well as Taiwan. Red Robe Tea is the best type of Wuyi Rock Tea, which has a history of over 300 years.
Functions
Wuyi Rock Tea is renowned as slimming tea and tonic tea as well as cosmetic tea. It has the effects of purifying the heart, reducing pathogenic fire, invigorating the blood and strengthening the heart, promoting the discharge of urine. It is regarded as a good medicine with no side effects for preventing cancers.
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Liuan Guapian from Anhiu province 六安瓜片

Wuyi Yancha, or Wuyi Rock Tea is a kind of Oolong tea, which only produced in Wuyi Mountain Region of Fujian Province. It is one of the China’s 10 Most Famous teas and the best-known Oolong tea. Wuyi Rock Tea trees grow among rocks, which make it name Yancha.
Characteristics
It is a semi-fermented Oolong tea. The manufacture craft is between the manufacture craft of green and red tea. So it has characteristics of both black and green tea: the clean and fresh flavor of green tea, sweet and mellow fragrance of black tea.  
Chinese Oolong Tea comes mainly from Guangdong and Fujian provinces as well as Taiwan. Red Robe Tea is the best type of Wuyi Rock Tea, which has a history of over 300 years.
Functions
Wuyi Rock Tea is renowned as slimming tea and tonic tea as well as cosmetic tea. It has the effects of purifying the heart, reducing pathogenic fire, invigorating the blood and strengthening the heart, promoting the discharge of urine. It is regarded as a good medicine with no side effects for preventing cancers.
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Maojian from Duyun,Guizhou province 都匀毛尖

Regarding as one of the China’s 10 Most Famous Tea, Duyun Maojian Tea is produced in Duyun City, Guizhou Province. It was named by Mao Zedong (also Mao Tse-tung), the founder of the People’s Republic of China in 1956. It is a kind of tea of top quality of the green tea.
Highlights
Duyun Maojian Tea has three features: the dried leaves are green with yellow in color, the soup is clear yellow, the tea dregs is green with yellow. It has uniform appearance with short and white hairs covered. The soup is clear green with a natural, sweet and fresh smell.
Functions
It contains rich elements of nutrition. It has been discovered that drinking Duyun Maojian does a great favor to people;s health. A cup of Duyun Maojian can make people relaxed and refreshed. It has the effects of preventing arteriosclerosis and reducing fat and body weight as well as preventing cancers.
That’s why green Duyun Maojian Tea become more and more popular with people.
Tea Culture Festival of Duyun
The Tea Culture Festival of Duyun is a famous exhibition in Duyun City that shows the teas of excellent quality from all around China, especially Duyun City. There will be tea competitions among tea masters. Visitors can also enjoy the performances of tea art, tea songs and tea parties.
The Eight Tea Culture Festival of Duyun was successfully held during 8th -9th in June.
Guizhou is a place in which different minority groups live.  Miao minority group accounts for the largest proportion in Guizhou. When you visit villages in Guizhou, you will be fascinated by the strong ethnic minority atmosphere in here. There are many festivals in Miao villages and performances are grand.
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