Yunnan Pu Er Tea Workshop Xishuangbanna
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Xishuangbanna - a major Pu'Er tea growing area in Yunnan Province, China
This trip takes you all the way to the south of Yunnan Province to Jinghong, the capital of Xishuangbanna Prefecture.
Xishuangbanna (Xi Shuang Banna) is the southernmost community of the Yunnan province and with 19'700km2 about half the size of Switzerland.
In the southwest Xishuangbanna shares the border with Burma and in the southeast with Laos. The name Xishuangbanna (Xi Shuang Banna) is originally a Chinese derivation of the Dai words Sip Song Ban Na, which translates roughly as "12 Rice Growing Districts".
Xishuanganna has a subtropical climate with a dry and a rainy season. The rainy season lasts from June to September and the dry season from September to April. The best travel time is from November to March.
Xishuangbanna is home to the Dai, Zhuang, Hui, Bai, Yao, Lisu, Miao (Akka), Wa, Hani, Bulang and Jinuo ethnic minorities. Because of its climate, Xishuangbanna (Xi Shuang Banna) is one of the most fertile areas in China.
Pu'Er Tea Production in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China
The areas around Pu'er, Mengla and Yiwu are known for high quality Pu'er and green tea.
Especially the mature Pu'er tea has gained in popularity around the globe in the last years.
Pu'er is the name of a city which was located on the legendary "Tea and Horse Route". More than 1000 years ago, goods were transported between Tibet and China on the "Tea and Horse Route". Mainly these were Tibetan horses and salt, which were exchanged for tea from Pu'er.
Subsequently, the name Pu'er became synonymous with a very special type of tea; a fermented, ripened tea from the southern Yunnan province in southwestern China.
Health benefits of Pu'er Tea
Pu'er tea has proven evidence for weight loss and a remarkable reduction in cholesterol levels with clinical trials carried out within Europe, USA and China. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it also is known to reduce stress and lowering high blood pressure. Used for centuries and recognized as an herbal medicine by the Chinese, later becoming the everyday drink of the people, most Chinese will drink a Pu'er tea just after eating any food that is heavy or greasy.
"...I think we got a good inside view of the local tea production..."
Hedy from Switzerland
"...our guide Marc was more than happy to share his passion for tea with us. His knowledge about tea is astonishing..."
Jeff from the United States
"...the visit of the old tea trees was really nice..."
Martina from Switzerland
Day 1: ARRIVAL JINGHONG, XISHUANGBANNA, HOME OF PU' ER TEA
Arrival in Jinghong, the capital of Xishuangbanna, the southern-most autonomous prefecture of the Yunnan province and one of Chinas mayor tea growing areas.
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to your hotel.
You visit a local tea shop and learn about the complex art of making a good cup of tea.
You will look and sample different kinds of tea and get to know the various kinds of tea leafs and how to identify a good Pu’er tea.
Our local tea expert will also give you valuable information and hints on storage, handling and buying tea.
Overnight accommodation in Jinghong.
Day 2: VISIT JINGHONG LOCAL TEA FARM
The mountains around Jinghong are home to various ethnic groups like the Hakka, Bulang or the Jinuo which have been growing tea in this area for centuries.
On the way you will see some of the most pristine high altitude rain forest in China and pass through various local villages.
You reach our destination around lunch time. Enjoy lunch at a small, family run tea farm. Explore various tea gardens in the area, each of them producing a unique tea.
If possible (depending on season) you will accompany a tea picker and get an insight into the tea harvest.
In the evening we taste and enjoy the local teas together with the hospitality of the villagers.
Day 3: TEA FARM – JINGHONG
Today we learn more about the processing of tea.
You will learn how your tea is fried, rolled, dried and packed the local way.
In the afternoon you will drive to a local tea factory where traditional stone-pressed tea cakes are made. Here you will be able to press your own, characteristic tea cakes, almost like it has been done over hundreds of years.
If time permits we will visit one of the colorful local markets in the area before heading back to Jinghong.
Overnight accommodation in Jinghong.