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Sea of Tea Trees in Fenggang County

by Live in Guizhou


PUBLISHED August 18, 2021 • 3 MIN READ

The scenic area of “sea of tea trees in western China” is located in Yong’an Town, Fenggang County, Zunyi City, Guizhou Province. This area has a long history of tea production. A total of 147 tea processing enterprises are running over 28,000 mu (1,868 hectares) of organic tea fields in the area, making it the largest organic tea base in Southwest China. It is also the main producing area and core area of the unique Fenggang zinc selenium tea in China.

Millennium Tribute Tea: Duobei Tea

Duobei Tea is a historically famous tea unique in Guizhou Province. It is named after Duobei Village in Huachu Town, Anshun City. The tea earned its fame being presented as a tribute to the royal family during the reign of the Chongzhen Emperor in the Ming Dynasty. In 2013, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine approved the implementation of geographical indication on the tea package to protect “Duobei tea”.

Kuding Tea: Tea That Cures

Kuding tea, Leaf of Chinese Holly in English, commonly known as Chading, Fuding tea, Gaolu tea, is mainly produced in the southwest and south China. It has many functions such as helping one to cool down, helping with eyesight, mitigating thirst, strengthening cardiovascular function, soothing the throat, lowering blood pressure, anti-aging, and stimulating blood circulation, etc. It is known as“healthy tea”, “beauty tea”, “slimming tea”, “hypotensive tea” and “anti-aging tea”, a traditional, natural and healthy drink.

Emerald Tea

The “Emerald” is a famous tea variety from Guizhou. The dried tea is in shape of a flower bud, and the particles are firm, like gems. When brewing, the tea leaves turn green and tender, with a luster like that of emeralds. And that’s why it is called emerald. (Photography / Qin Gang)

Tuanlon Tribute Tea in Fanjing Mountain

The tea produced in Fanjing Mountain became a royal tribute during the Ming dynasty. It is the well-known “Tuanlong tribute tea”, produced mainly in Tuanlong Village, Yinjiang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County in the western foothills of Fanjing Mountain. Carried out in an unpolluted environment, the completely manual processing of tea leaves has guaranteed the excellent quality of the tribute tea. Some people say that this is a gift from the world natural heritage, as each one of the leaves carries the aura of the Maitreya Temple. (Photo / He Xiongzhou)

Guizhou Matcha

Guizhou has a superior natural environment, hence the natural advantages and industrial advantages to produce high-quality matcha. Guizhou Matcha is characterized by its fresh and sweet taste. In the future, as the matcha industry unfolds in Guizhou, Guizhou will become the world’s largest processing and production base for matcha. As such Tongren will become the “world’s matcha capital”, in an effort to build a high-quality matcha base in China.

The Miao Ethnic Group: Flower Tea – Love Token of the Miao People

In the Miao ethnic group, young people have a tea-related way to express love. Miao girls cut melon and orange peel into small slices, engrave various patterns on them, and then use them to make the Wanhua Tea (tea with ten- thousand flowers) with Osmanthus fragrance and sugar. Hence, when a young man comes to a girl’s house to propose marriage and girl puts only three pieces of tea in the cup, it means “no” to the proposal; however, if the girl puts in the cup two pieces with lotus-flower pattern and two pieces with magpie pattern, it means “yes”. It is way too romantic!

“Girls’ Tea” of the Buyi Ethnic Group

The so-called “girls’ tea” was carefully crafted by the unmarried girls of the Buyi ethnic group. Every year before the Qingming Festival, the Buyi girls will pick up the fresh, tender tea leaves and make rolls of cone-shaped “girls’ tea”. When she is in love or going to propose, she could give it to her lover as a token.

Paste Tea of the Buyi Ethnic Group

The Buyi people are renowned for their great hospitality. If you visit a Buyi village, the host will serve you a cup of paste tea, a refreshing and sweet drink. It’s not complicated to make paste tea. After the spring tea harvest, throw the twigs and old leaves of the year in a pot to stew, then simmer the stew into a paste which can be placed in a small jar for later use.

Guanguan Tea: The Favorite Tea of the Shui Ethnic Group

There is a unique tea called “guanguan tea” (tea in jar) from the Shui ethnic group. To make guanguan tea, generally, one just need to boil the water using a jar and then put the tea directly into it. In the eyes of the Shui people, there are four major benefits in drinking such kind of tea, namely, raising spirit, helping digestion, treating diseases and keeping healthy.

China Tea Expo Garden

This is the “China Tea Expo Garden” in Hongfenghu Town, Qingzhen City, Guizhou Province.
Being here, standing in the pavilion and looking around, you are surrounded with greenery and lush tea gardens that extend all across the mountains. The project was launched in 2018 and presently, more than 467 hectares of tea gardens have been developed in four villages in Hongfenghu Town.