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China 2017 | Day 5 | Taiping houkui | Part I - The Process

China 2017 | Day 5 | Taiping houkui | Part I - The Process

TAIPING HOUKUI | THE PROCESS People often ask how we plan tea trips, make decisions on where to go, who to meet.  Well, it often starts with an interest or curiosity about a certain tea.  The trip then grows around the area that tea come from.  This year the trip was really all about Taiping houkui, one of the top ten teas in China which is produced in the HouKeng area of Taiping county at the base of the Huangshan Mountains, Anhui province.   We have long been fascinated by this tea and the manufacturing process that results in the long pressed leaves - take...

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China 2017 | Day 5 | Taiping Houkui | Part II - The Place

China 2017 | Day 5 | Taiping Houkui | Part II - The Place

TAIPING HOUKUI | THE PLACE First a short introduction to the area.  If you have read about Taiping Houkui before you may have read that the only way to reach some of the villages involved in its production is by boat and indeed this is still the case for some areas.  As we trekked through the area on this gloriously bright day we saw boats zipping across and along the water.  The three main villages for Taiping Houkei production are Houkeng, Hougang and Yanjiachun.  We chose to base our visit around Houkeng and road access to the area we visited - the new HouKeng village -...

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China 2017 Day 4 | Anji - Huangzhou - TaiPing

China 2017 Day 4 | Anji - Huangzhou - TaiPing

Anji - Huangzhou - TaiPing After leaving Mr Ye in the am we headed off to Huangzhou and to the tea museum for a browse before heading for dinner on the West Lake. For those of you planning a trip to China the Tea Museum is a great place to visit and learn more about the rich tea history and tea culture of China.  I have a definite plan to start my journey with mandarin in the coming months but for now the excellent translation here was very welcome!  Although we did not come from Shanghai this time it is pretty easy to...

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China 2017 - Day 3 - Anji Bai Cha

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China 2017 - Day 3 - Anji Bai Cha

Michelle travels from Yixing to Anji in search of an amazing green tea Anji Bai Cha.

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China 2017 -Day 1 & 2 - Yixing

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China 2017 -Day 1 & 2 -  Yixing

Day 1 and 2 of Michelle's trip to China took her to the clay mines, factories and makers of Yixing, a place famous for its tea pots.

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