Located at Xiaoling village, Heng County, Guangxi province, Babaoshan tea garden covering an area of 2,000 mu is the paradise of Jasmine. People will be marveled at his first sight of the uninterrupted jasmine fields here and the fresh breath of jasmine fragrance in the air. Thanks to the careful management, this tea garden has high output every year and the teas from this garden are purely hand-plucked and so has high quality level.
As the biggest jasmine growing area in China, Heng County has been honored by China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) and China Flower Association as “The hometown of Chinese jasmine”. Being affected by the tropical monsoon climate of South Asia, Heng County in Guangxi has sufficient sunshine and rainfall, long lasting summer and frostless period, less snow days – all these favorable climatic conditions are favorable to the growth of jasmine.
Small leaf tea species are shorter and smaller and often has more branches when compared with the large leaf tea species. Generally, the small leaf tea species are widely grown in Sichuan, Fujian and other places in China and are harvested earlier than other tree species. The matured leaves area of small tea species is less than 20 square centimeters and good for making black tea and green tea.
Scented green teas have a history that stretches back over a thousand years. The innovation of adding spices and flowers to green teas started during the Chinese Song Dynasty, around 960AD.
During the Ming Dynasty, in the 1500's, the modern production method of Jasmine scented tea, with the flowers being added to the tea during processing, prior to drying, was introduced and perfected. In this time though, jasmine tea was still rare, due to the increased complexities the processing required.
However later in the mid 1800's during the Qing Dynasty, production techniques were perfected and the number of tea farms rapidly increased, leading to greater production volumes and cheaper prices, culminating in it becoming hugely popular in China, a popularity that has remained to this day.