Three times a year, the traditional harvest of China’s most famous tea – Longjing, also known as Dragon Well – takes place in stunningly beautiful Hangzhou, near Shanghai. Not far from the city centre, among the hills of the village of Longjing, the bucolic landscape contrasts with the urbanity of nearby Shanghai. Visiting the original home of Longjing (aka Dragon Well) tea has become something of a pilgrimage. In a country where the custom of drinking tea is deeply entrenched, this is the place where its most famous variety is grown.
Meijiawu Tea Village (one of the least touristy local plantations) features a high street full of tea shops and traditional restaurants, which attract numerous visitors from all over the country, even in low season. Image credit: Robin Mas.
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