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Why Meijiawu Tea Village is special ?
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.
What to explore at Meijiawu Tea Village?
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.
Tea produced at Meijiawu is of top quality of all the West Lake Longjing Tea. Every year there are four tea-leaves 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.
How to get to Meijiawu Tea Village?
Travelers can take city buses No. 4, 324, 5, Tour 4, Tour 5 and K658 from the city proper.
- The best tea in China
- Quiet, relaxing and refreshing place
- Full of tea plants, like picturesque
- Beautiful and Peaceful Place with Great Food
- A nice green quiet area to spend an afternoon
Meiling South Rd, Hangzhou 310008, China
Tips for you
Green tea is very famous in this area and it is one of the region's biggest exports. It was really beautiful, lots of hills with elevated tea plantations and little villages scattered along the road. Getting to the top of a tea plantation is a lot of work in itself, I cannot imagine how the farmers get down from the top after picking tea leaves. Many of the farmers convert the front of their homes into restaurants and cafes so you can drink the fresh tea as soon as it is made. I ordered frog and the lady who was cooking the food pulled out live frogs and went to work; about as fresh as it can get when it comes to a restaurant meal. The green tea was very flavorful. They give you a cup with green tea leaves at the bottom. After you drink it you can constantly keep filling the cup with boiling water and drink tea all day long. Surprisingly the flavor of the tea never truly goes away, no matter how many time you use the same leaves. You can spend the whole day here hiking the elevated tea plantations and the mountains nearby. The view are amazing and there is even a temple on the tope of the mountain as well as a bamboo forest. This is my favorite place for hiking and relaxing in Hangzhou.