Popular Post abcdefg Posted March 26, 2015 at 03:48 PM Popular Post Report Share Posted March 26, 2015 at 03:48 PM Just back from a trip into the tea mountains Xishuangbanna Prefecture 西双版纳 with several Kunming tea friends. By most counts there are six famous tea mountains in southern Yunnan. We visited two this time; I've been to two others previously. A couple of us flew to Jinghong 景洪 while others drove (about 8 hours.) First stayed two nights at a tea factory on the outskirts of Menghai 孟海。 They pick during the day and process the new tea that same night. We all helped out, taking turns with the various stages. It's a labor-intensive process. One day we went up into a small village on Nan Nuo Mountain 南糯山。Lots of very old tea trees 古树 there, some well over a thousand years old. The people I was with bought bulk tea for their companies, right at the source. Most of the workers were Dai 傣族。 Then we went to Jingmai Mountain 景迈山 and stayed a couple nights at a different factory. Picked tea on Ai Leng Mountain 哎冷山。Didn't realize what hard work it was. What made it difficult was that the trees grew wild on a steep incline. Nimble pickers would climb up into the trees. Most of these were also ancient trees. Our hosts here were Bulang Minority 布朗族。At night we watched the sun set, ate local food, lots of which was picked wild. Dishes included 茶叶炒鸡蛋。All washed down with plenty of 白酒。 Learned a lot about Pu'er tea 普洱茶。Drank enough of it to float a ship. Everywhere we went it was, "来，坐，喝茶。" Warm hospitality. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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