Visit to the gardens of Lu An Gua Pian – Spring Teas 2011 (China)

May 24, 2011
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The next day, the gardens of Lu An Gua Pian's turn to impress us. Despite being located near the growing area of Huo Shan Huang Ya, the weather does not seem to have affected this plantation. The gardens, surrounded by bamboo forests, are naturally of great beauty. Many pluckers were at work beneath the bright Spring sunshine. We did not had the chance to taste the Lu An Gua Pian because Mr. Deng, the producer, told us that the grade that we seek is not ready yet. Harvests had been delayed about ten days in many regions this year. We still observed the part of the traditional transformation that uses a small bamboo broom during drying and rolling. A good example of the kindness of the Chinese people towards their visitors: after a full day of browsing the gardens, Mr. Cheng's driver took us back to Hefei, which is about 2 hours away, where we caught our flight for our next destination: Changsha.

Josiane Monette

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