Anxi, China…Further along the Road

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Next stop, Anxi, the home of Tie Guan Yin…the famous Chinese rolled Oolong tea.

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¬†Arriving from Wuyishan to the Anxi train station, we hired a couple motorcycle taxis to take us (and our increasingly heavy bags) straight to the “Tea Capital of China”, a section of the city set apart for tea vendors, traders, and buyers.

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Tie Guan Yin Leaf Sorting

Upon arrival in the Tea Capital, tea vendors were busy with the last step of tea production…final sorting stems from the leaf. (We purchased some unfinished tea, so visit our shop in Middlebury to see the process!..or see below too)

 

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At the main square, vendors showed off this year’s selections, as the Spring harvests were winding down. Of course, one must taste before buying.

Matthew in hard negotiations over pricing
Matthew in hard negotiations over pricing

The Tea Capital was fun, but we were ready to venture out into the hills, to see the conditions of the tea gardens.

Not bad.
Not bad.

After not convincing our motorcycle taxis to take us up into the mountains, we were fortunate to meet Millie, who connected us with a tea family she happened to know!

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Venturing up into the hills in search of organic tea production…at the top of the mountain, we made a visit to a temple under renovation and expansion. It was incredible to us to see painters with their gaiwans and waterpots…an inspiration to historic restoration workers everywhere.

Tea break
Tea break

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Returning down the hill, we spent hours tasting teas…deciding which to purchase for Stone Leaf.

Tie Guan Yin now available at Stone Leaf and online here!

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3 thoughts on “Anxi, China…Further along the Road

  1. Hey guys, beautiful photos again – thanks! Must try the new Tie Guan Yin next time I’m in.

  2. Thanks Paul!..definitely come in to taste…floral,crisp, and sweet..perfect for the tropical summer we’re having!
    cheers,
    john

  3. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for this great blog.

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