François Marchand - Central China 2009
For a fourth consecutive year François travelled through the Provinces of Anhui, Henan, Jiangxi and Hunan. This year, he returned with the principal aim of solidifying connections made during his previous visits. One new region was on the agenda however, Lushan mountain in the Jiangxi region.
It had been a particularly good Spring for most of China. Our two "grands crus" from the region of Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain), the Huang Shan Mao Feng and Tai Ping Hou Kui were no exception. François started his tour here with two of his favourite producers Mr.Xie (Huang Shan Mao Feng) and Mr.Ye (Tai Ping Hou Kui) Both producers offered teas greatly superior to those of previous years.
Continuing his travels toward the town of Wuyuan to find Mr.Li, producer of Wuyuan Zi Mei. Mr.Li gave a warm welcome, good tea and offered François a ride to his next destination, Jiujiang 3 hours from Wuyuan.
It was from Jiujiang that he traveled to Lushan mountain, a splendid region protected by UNESCO. The village, partly built by europeans has a unique mixture of architecture and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, Jiujiang town and the mighty Yangtze river. Aside from the spectacular setting, François bought some Lu Shan Yun Wu grown at 1000m ASL quite rare in this part of China.
On to Xin Yang where François met with producers of Xin Yang Mao Jian, Mr.Huang and his wife. The Huangs, third generation tea producers were welcoming and revealed a Mao Jian of great quality at a very reasonable price.
Huo Shan was François' last stop firstly visiting Mr.Chang for his excellent Huo Shan Huang Ya and Lu An Gua Pian. Then to finish this marvellous journey in style, he attended the wedding of Anron his translator for the region. A perfect way to explore China's culture in more depth.