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Hangzhou Meijiawu Tea Plantation Introduction


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Meijiawu tea plantation is the first-class reserve and production center of West Lake Dragon Well Green Tea, also known as Longjing green tea. It is the most unique tea village for its natural landscape and local custom. Today, it is a famous leisure and sightseeing center for holidays and homestay. Moreover, it used to receive many world-renowned celebrities from around the world and a number of state leaders from many other countries and regions such as the former Soviet Union, the United States, Vietnam, Romania and Cambodia.

Meijiawu is an ancient village with a history of more than 600 years. As an important and the largest production base of Longjing Tea in Hangzhou, there are 500 households living in the village. The tea plantation covers an area of more than 800,000 square meters. Meijiawu Tea Village is the tourist area for sightseeing, combining farmhouses and tea culture. Every year, millions of tourists from home and abroad come to visit.

Meijiawu is located in the heart of West Lake resort. It is surrounded by green mountains with picturesque scenery. These mountains or hills are planted tea. Same as Longjing and Shifeng, Meijiawu produces high quality Longjing tea. Longjing tea which is produced here is known as green, fragrance, good looking and good taste. Tea selling is also the main income of local resident.

There are about 160 tea houses in the village. When there are visitors, they will introduce to them the history of tea, process of making tea and the functions of tea. In addition, there are also tea ceremonies. Every spring, visitors can pick tea leaves by themselves, learn tea culture and experience the rural life of tea farmers. March to May is busy season in Meijiawu, many tea pickers are hired to help cultivate tea.

Tea produced at Meijiawu is of top quality of all the West Lake Longjing Tea. Every year there are four tea-picking periods, based on the solar terms. The first period is right before Qingming (Pure Brightness, April 4 or 5), the second period is before Guyu (Grain Rain, April 19-21), the third period is during Lixia (Beginning of Summer, May 5 or 6), and the last period is one month after Lixia.

The tea dishes prepared at Meijiawu Tea Village, or Meijiawu Culture Village, feature light, fresh, smooth and slightly salty flavors. The tea dishes like Longjing Tea with shrimp, Biluo Tea with shrimp, Longjing fish slices and other dishes are the specialties. Recently there are some new dishes launched to meet the different tastes of visitors, such as carp soup with fresh tea water, tea water with crisp shell chicken and tea water with duck stew.

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