My visit to Farmer Weng from Wenjiashan village, Hangzhou, China
The Wenjiashan village is located in the Hangzhou’s West Lake Scenic Area with an elevation of 176 meters. It’s well known for producing Shi Feng Long Jin (Lion mountain Dragon Well tea). Due to the natural condition and the local farmers’ traditional tea processing skills passed on for generations, the tea produced in this area is considered to be the finest tea in the Dragon Well tea’s family. When farmer Weng showed me her farm in the mountain behind her house, I was shocked by the beautiful “tea mountain”. All of the tea plants are well taken care of; all having the same height and healthy colors. In fact, I learned that there are mainly two types of plants that yield Dragon Well teas in this farm. One is new Dragon Well tea - No. 43 with a cultivation history of 30 years. Another is grown from the seeds of old tea trees, trees that are 300 to 500 years old.
Breathing the fresh air and breeze in the mountain, I had the impulse to jump into the life style to be a tea farmer for one day. It will be a relaxation away from the busy city life. It’s amazing to see the tea leaves in person, and it’s amazing to think that this is where the finest green tea in the world is produced.
Posted by: Jane @ Tealet Date: July 20, 2012