When I was in China I so enjoyed taking time to sit down and write for the blog and promised myself that I would continue this new found ritual once I returned. As sometimes happens life dictated otherwise and I have not done as well as I had hoped.
It is hard to express to people my experiences sometimes. There is so much to tell and even more that I was not able to share while I still in China. So I have decided to back up a bit and share about some of the trip that may have been missed or only reviewed briefly. I am going to start with Wuyishan, one of the most beautiful senic spots we visited and this time I have pictures! To get me in the mood I have brewed up a terrific Jian Bian Qi Lan oolong, the perfect inspiration. (Gin Bin She Lawn, phonetic pronunciation).
Our first day in Wuyishan was a bit crazy. The energy in town was hectic and finding a hotel was challenging. But once settled we drove out of town to a very small factory and met Mr. Liu and his father, who both grew up producing the fantastic oolong teas of the Wuyishan region. I will never forget the humble surroundings, generous hospitality and warmth of Mr. Liu. The remarkable tea this small factory produces will also remain in my memory but was really just a bonus.
Here are some of the photos.
Another memorable part of that day was on our way back to the hotel from the factory. We encountered a spot along the road that was so beautiful that I just had to stop. Not realizing what was really going on I got out and started to walk when I noticed the tea, everywhere literally. The people who had been harvesting that day were bring the leaves to this square to spread them out for the initial drying. The longer we stood there the more tea appeared. It was transported in carts, on bicycles, in baskets on their backs and by wagons, every way possible. This was exhilarating, at least to me, this was the very beginnings of the processing that was to take place, resulting in the highly oxidized, deep amber leaves of Wuyi oolong that creates such a wonderful brew in our cups. Absolutely awesome.
Here are some pictures.
The next part of our trip in Wuyishan was an incredible visit with a factory that has been in operation for some 400 years. It will be in a separate blog that you won't want to miss!
Until next time, Beth