The Most Symbolic Spring Outing of the Season

Currently, the weather is great, and the perfect timing for Longjing Green Tea, the golden name card of Hangzhou, to come into market. To experience the season’s highlights like sipping a cup of fresh green tea amidst mountains and waterscapes is perhaps one of the most symbolic things to do this spring.

Longjing Village (龙井村)
Inside downtown Hangzhou hides Longjing Village, a wonderland where the fine fragrance of tea permeates the air. Here you can find a family of tea farmers and take a walk in their tea garden where you can experience “tea farmers busy picking up tea leaves at the banks of crystal-clear creeks.” If you are tired, you can savor a cup of newly-picked Longjing tea nearby, which will surely leave you with a thirst for more.

Address: Longjing Village
Transportation: Take bus No. 27 to the bus stop of Longjing Cha Shi (龙井茶室: long jing cha shi) and walk 117 meters to get to the village

Gaoting Mountain (皋亭山景区)
Almost everyone knows about Longjing green tea, but very few people know about Gaoting tea. In Gaoting Mountain, it is not just about the tea’s taste but also the stories behind it. The area still preserves age-long tea culture, and every Qingming Festival which happens to be tea picking season, tea farmers would use the first batch of tea leaves to pay respect to tea ancestors in Cha Zu Dong (茶祖峒). In addition, there are several old-style tea houses which still preserve a traditional flavor and sipping a cup of the local brew surrounded by water is one way of enjoying an age-old custom.

Currently, Gaoting Mountain is enveloped by more than 7000 blooming peach trees – another reason to visit this most charming location.

Address: Gaoting Scenic Area, Jianggang District (江干区皋亭山景区)

Jingshan Mountain (径山)
Jingshan Tea is known for its long history. Over 1300 years ago, the elderly Faqin Monk (法钦禅师) traveled here and planted tea trees at the top of the five peaks of Jingshan Mountain, and that’s how the famous Jingshan Tea settled here. Grown in such a high altitude, Jingshan Tea is greener and tastes sweeter than most. Even after being brewed for four to five times, the tea soup is still fragrant and clear.

If time permits, one can spare one day to climb the mountains, enjoy the warm breeze and sip a cup of spring tea.

Address: at the top of Jingshan Mountain, Jingshan Town, Yuhang District (余杭区径山镇径山顶)
Transportation: Take bus No. 586 to the bus stop of Jingshan Temple (jing shan si 径山寺)

Anding Mountain in Fuyang District (富阳安顶山)
Anding Yunwu (Cloud and Mist) Tea is grown at the top of the over-900-meter-high main peak of Anding Mountain in Lishan Town, Fuyang District. The tea plantation covers over ten thousand mu (1 mu equals 666 sq m). The tea cultivation can be traced back to over one thousand years ago and was listed as a tribute to imperial courts in the Zhengde Period of the Ming Dynasty (1491-1521). Anding Tea is grown in a high-altitude environmentwhich is surrounded by fog and mist all year around and is blessed with a low temperature, less contamination and moist soil with moderate acidity and alkalinity. That’s why the well-brewed Anding green tea is endowed with an orchid-like fragrance.

Address: Lishan Town, Fuyang District (富阳区里山镇)

Jiukeng Village in Chun’an County (淳安鸠坑乡)
Jiukeng Tea, originating from the Eastern Han period, was an imperial tribute in the Tang Dynasty and an overseas commodity in the Qing Dynasty. The average temperature of Jiukeng Village is around 17 degrees Celsius and is blessed with four distinct seasons, a wet and warm living environment, ample rainfall and sunshine, all of which makes for an excellent living environment for the growing of tea trees.

Travelling to Jiukeng Village during the spring season and you will be greeted with a goldencarpet of rape flowers sporadically dotted with tea trees of different shades of green. One can borrow a wicker basket from one of the local farmers to enjoy the experience of picking tea leaves while indulging yourself in the crystal-clear ripples of Qiandao Lake, or head to the mountain-foot farmers’ houses to sip a cup of newly-fried tea and savorone of the finest farm-flavored meals around.

Address: Jiukeng Village, Chun’an County (淳安县鸠坑乡)