Here, every house has a house number, we stopped at the door #40 for a few minutes and chatted with the hostess about the new teas.
Pictures from the scene showed the whole traditional process of tea-making, presented by the local tea farmers.
We have once reported a news of Hangzhou’s long jing tea trees being fried by high temperature in 2013’s summer. The disaster made us and many tea lovers worried about 2014’s spring tea.
However, by arriving at the tea garden, we surprisingly found a large areas of green tea trees thrived so well as in former years. The fresh green view of spring fairly ease our worries.
On March 25, the warm sunshine of yesterday didn’t come out this morning. Instead it is drizzling. Rain drops fell on the tea leaves, revealing a more vivid view of life.
Longing village NO.239
Attracted by a burst of melting, fresh-grassy tea aroma. We can not help but climbing up to the second floor where we are embraced by a kind of fragrance immediately. Finally ,we learnt that this sweet aroma was send out by the 2014 spring tea.
Ms.liu ,the hostess of this house , received us with great enthusiasm. He showed us the tools by which they make good teas with traditional skills, which handed down from generation to generation in this small village. Those tools are very common in this place, all hand-maded.
Then , she invited us to a small room where some teas were being processed.
Fresh leaves just picked from the tea trees.
The tea maker is feeling the pan’s temperature.
A quick pan-frying fixation.
A great cup of Mingqian longing tea can produce a kind of sweet, fresh aroma, with clean and well-balanced aftertaste.
Mrs.liu led us to the local tea garden.
Longing village- the modern Agricultural Demonstration park of Hangzhou. And now this is the first-grade Nature Reserve for the dragon well tea, which covers an area of 798 mu((52hectares), established by Hangzhou Municipal Government.
It’s a great day. Some local farmers are busy with picking tea leaves in this tea garden.
this tea garden are situated on those small mountains ,mostly of them have an altitude of 300m above sea level.
Delicate tea buds are ready for picking.
The sunshine interchanges with periods of light rain, A light rain began to fall. This is the best time for picking, after putting on raincoat, these farmers continued to their work.
Tea farmers are picking the leaves in the drizzling rain.
The lush tea trees on the mountain bespeak that the good harvest of this year’s spring tea is not far off.
Delicate tea buds mixed with spring drizzling rain indicated a good harvest this year.
This mountain is not far from city , about 20km from city, but the vegetation coverage here is very high.
As the sun was setting under a golden sky, those farmers decided to return to home.
With fresh tea leaves in their baskets carried on their shoulders, they chatted with on another,
Laughing and exciting.
Although the quantity of output of tea is utterly slow . After one busy day, every skilled farmer can only collect about an half basket of tea leaves showed in this picture.
Finally we arrived at the old royal tea garden where Mrs. liu presented us more information about this place.
A pond of clear water. All tea trees depend on this pool for irrigation.
Today, we had the honor of seeing the legendary well. All legends about Longing tea is related to this well which you can see in this picture.
You can see many historical relics here.
Attracted by the well-known longing tea here ,Qianlong ,the emperor of Qing dynasty, visited here 200 years ago with his special purpose of looking for good teas.
Old dragon well
Royal dragon well
It’s like the cloud and mist are rising. This is the location of the legendary eighteen tea trees.