Being that the history of tea starts in the Far East, it stands to reason that there should be many tea plantations worth visiting in China.
Sure enough, there are – try out these four on your travels to the Middle Kingdom…
1) Hangzhou Longjing Tea Plantation
Home to the world famous Dragon Well blend of green tea, the Hangzhou Longjing Tea Plantation is a stop on your tour of China that you simply cannot afford to miss.
This drink is one of the reasons that Hangzhou is famous around the world, and once you sample a cup at this verdant estate, you’ll quickly understand why.
In addition to the tea ceremony that you will take part in within the compound here, you’ll have a chance to see locals hard at work harvesting and producing one of this region’s most celebrated exports.
2) Wuyishan Mountains
Another nationally famous production centre of tea in China can be found in the Wuyishan Mountains, where numerous plantations can be found along the slopes of their peaks. Recognized by the United Nations as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll want to seek out a type of tea known as Dahong Pao, which was served as a tribute to nobles during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
After tasting this drink, be sure to take some time to wander throughout the surrounding countryside, where the mountains and rushing rivers will give you a sense of the epic place where one of China’s most famous teas is produced.
3) Mengdingshan Tea Plantation
Want to be educated on the entire tea making process in painstaking detail, all while taking in some of the most epic plantation scenery that you will see in China?
Heading out on a tour to the Mengdingshan Tea Plantation from Chengdu will accomplish just that, as guides that are fluent in a number of languages will communicate to you how the ancient masters derived the nectar that made a nation famous from the tea leaves of this farm, and how it is honored in the modern day.
Complete with a Chinese lunch and a bag of your own tea to brew at home, it is an excellent day for a tea enthusiast to spend a day.
4) Seven Star Tea Plantation
When you aren’t exploring the awe-inspiring karsts of Guilin, make time to visit Seven Star Tea Plantation, which is located nearby.
With the blends here winning awards as recently as 2009 for the flavors they give to drinkers, this spot is well worth dropping by just for the free samples, but the look at rural Chinese life along the way from the city is added bonus that can not be ignored.