Drinking a cup of afternoon tea is an enjoyment of life, but it is not black tea but green tea in Hangzhou. Hangzhou tour to explore the tea culture and the procedure of making tea is a great gateway to learning about a type of knowledge of the intersection of life and nature in oriental country – China. We arrange this tea experience for you and the details hereinafter:
Stop One – Hangzhou China National Tea Museum
We meet you at the lobby of the hotel after you enjoy your breakfast in the hotel, and then start the day tour from the National Tea Museum. China National Tea Museum lies at Longjing Village, one of the most famous centers planting and producing the dragon well green tea in Hangzhou. The museum is the first stop of travelers to touch the tea and learn about the history, culture, story and making methods of tea in China. It plays a key role of enlightenment and mass education of tea.
China National Tea Museum just mentioned above exists for tea and tea culture. When you arrive at the front of the museum, a huge calligraphic inscription board embedded into the wall was inscribed by Sha Menghai, a great modern calligrapher and one of the former presidents of the Xiling Society of Seal Art. And you also can see a large standing statue of Lu Yu, who was respected to be the Sage of Tea and the writer of the Classic of the Tea. The display hall is divided into five sections – the history of tea part, the highlight of tea part, the tradition of tea part, the tea set part and the custom of tea part. From the basic history learning to the exchange point in the end, travelers will have an impression of tea in theory and books.
Stop Two – 18 Imperial Tea Trees at Longjing Village
This is a site at Longjing Village and the highlight of scenic spot – Longjing Wencha (龙井问茶), one of new top ten classic views of the West Lake in 1984, and also translated literally as enjoying the tea at dragon well. Actually, there were preserved exclusively for imperial use, or Gong Cha, an annual top tribute to the emperors and their family.
In Qing Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi’s grandson Emperor Qianlong inspected southeast China for several times. During one of his travel-style inspections in Hangzhou, he arrived at the Hugong Temple, near to the Lion Peak or Shifeng Hill at Longjing Village. In front of the Hugong Temple, there were 18 old tea trees. He was presented a cup of green tea here and deeply impressed by the taste of the tea produced at this place, and then he chose 18 tea bushes as his exclusive tea trees or imperial tea trees, and he also left his iconic calligraphic inscription of Eighteen Imperial Tea Trees here.
This is the origin of 18 imperial tea trees. Since then, the tea trees of Longjing Village were highly protected and popularly visited by the scholars and scholar-officials and gradually became a scene of Hangzhou. The tea trees still enjoy a special imperial status today, and the tea they produce are largely auctioned annually, and the price of per gram is higher than the price of the gold. This is the historical and natural heritage that the forefathers left us about the history and culture of green tea. It shows the honor and glory of dragon well tea in history.
Stop Three – Tea Plantation at Meijiawu Village The travel duration: 8 hours from 9 am to 5 pm
The pick-up and drop-off site: your hotel lobby
The way of payment: cash, paypal, telegraphic transfer and western union
Availability: daily served all the year
Meal arrangement: The lunch will not be arranged in this trip. But we will take the tourists to the local restaurants to stay away from the tourist restaurant. Our guide helps the tourists order the food they want to try and pay on their own on actual happen
Meijiawu Village is another important tea plantation of Longjing Green Tea. It is as famous as Longjing Village in some way. It is also a popular place to keep away from the busy life in downtown area. At weekend, this is a leisure paradise, and drinking tea and small friends’ party outdoors will be nice options here. Meijiawu Village is particularly famous for making tea and serving tea inclusive of the tea ceremony. Being here, travelers will enjoy an authentic show of tea culture and taste the original flavor of longjing green tea. Furthermore, the local experienced tea peasants will also demonstrate the procedures of picking, frying and selecting the leaves. Have a nice and free afternoon here.
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Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
Experienced English speaking guide
Air-conditioned private car or van for transfers and sightseeing
Service Charges & Government Taxes
Travel Agency Liability Insurance
Lunch and Hotel
International transportation & Chinese visa
Personal expenses like beverages.
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