Day Six

3/24/2011

We traveled to a slightly higher altitude to see the tea plantation and pick tea. The best tea leaves are the ones with one sharp (unfurled) and one normal leaf. We then 'cooked' the leaves to dry them in an open pit/wok thing. We had to wear gloves so our hands wouldn't get scorched, and we picked up leaves, dropped them back in, and repeated the process until we burned them. Yes, we burned tea leaves. Before they became burnt however, a lovely smell wafted out the pit/wok from the tea leaves.

Next, we went on a short hike to a small waterfall. Though the hike wasn't particularly steep and had stone steps for you to step on, the altitude made it diffucult. The water near the fall was tinged green, but I don't know why. I tried skipping stones, and got one plop (that means it didn't skip). We looked around for a while. I ate a rice cake made of corn. 

We also viewed a simplified tea ceremony, and tried black tea and green tea. I prefered the green tea, which was bitter when you first taste it, but leaves a sweet aftertaste after it's swallowed. The red tea was sweeter at first, but didn't leave such a pleasurable aftertaste. It was interesting to see.

Comments

Tea!

Tea are my favor! I enjoy reading your details on how to pick tea leaves! It reminds me of my home town in Taiwan where my grand uncles also work in tea plantations. Keep up the good writing on your blog! You don't need to write everything you did, you can choose just the high light that touches you! Really enjoys reading those! Love, mom.

It's called Wen Shan Bao Zhongshan Cha

It's a type of Long Jing tea that has been fermented the least! It's stronger in fragrance than regular green tea! Similar to what you did in the tea plantation in Yun Nan, you pick the newly grown one with two leave of which one is closed. Then you leave them on the tray and shake it from hr. to hr. for at least five times then you put them into 70 degree oven to ferment...I don't have the details. But next time when we go back, remember to ask Your great aunt( Da Gu pou), remember you were helping out picking out the good leaves in the end process two years ago? And you quite enjoyed it! I love the taste of these tea! It always bring back the memory of our family drinking tea after dinner time with the whole tea pot set....

It's my great uncle

By the way, it's my great uncle' tea plantation, not my uncle...they all become business men in my uncle's generation. So, it's your great aunt (my only aunt who still work in the traditional family business-tea plantation) who you saw two years ago still picking tea there! She's still health at her age of 75! Still working daily! Wow!

Hi! My name is Audrey... I'm really excited about Microcampus. I've never been to an area like that, and I'm looking forward to the fresh air and nice weather. I hope to learn how the people there live, as well as exploring the area and comparing it to Shanghai. Hopefully, I'll gain a great experience out of this trip.