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China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019

Late afternoon and early evening. West Lake is truly a magical place. You really need to see it if you can. The photos are not in order, just random. The pictures do not do the place justice and want to go back someday to explore much more of it. This place has tons of significance to the Chinese people. It is surrounded by the city of Hangzhou which has almost 10 million people. We only saw a small part of the park, but it worth so worth it. The bridges, the statues, the landscaping, the foliage were all lovely.  It looked like a fairy tale kingdom. I would love to ride a boat on West Lake to get that view also. Someday, sigh.

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019, continued

Not sure why I am taking 4 weeks to discuss one day. I had tons of pictures in the beginning too.   The Houtu tea factory, museum, and tasting room were gorgeous to see.

The first two pictures are us walking into Houtu. The pillar in these photos has the history of tea on it. The next picture is of a stone used to grind matcha tea. Next four pictures are artifacts used to make traditional Lung Ching aka Dragonwell green tea.

I really liked the detail of the place as you can see with my several photos of the architecture and decor. One of the rooms had people grinding fresh matcha and allowed us to try some. It was tasty but still prefer Japanese matcha. One of the pictures has a traditional English tea set up, which made Sharon Hall feel really happy and a little homesick.  Several photos of the architecture and decor again, including the tree lights and the tea cut out of the building to bring in light.  The last photo is of us seeing their machinery to produce matcha tea at the factory.  If you notice the feet we had to put on blue footies over our shoes in the factory, not a fashion statement, lol.

The next two weeks will be pictures of West Lake and me discussing the rest of my trip because I did not take many photos at the end.


China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 23, 2019

In the morning we traveled towards Hangzhou and had lunch at a delish restaurant that was right next to the Houtu tea factory, museum, and tasting room. We did a tour of the factory and it was very nice to see. The head of the Houtu factories was nice enough to transport, feed, and lodge us for a night in Hangzhou. There were about two dozen people and we were able to see West Lake.

The first four pictures are on the way to the restaurant. The next three are from the restaurant. The features picture is of Kyle taking a picture of our appetizers. We had two rooms for our group. You can see a bit of our second room in the featured picture.

I have a few pictures of the Houtu Tea Factory, Museum, and Tasting Room which I will show next week and the week after some of my photos of West Lake. West Lake really deserves two posts for all the lovely pictures.

 

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 22, 2019

We were busy in the meetings all day. We were going to go to another tea farm, but it got canceled so we were deciding if we should go to Shanghai. We were about to go there, but the owner of the Houtu graciously decided to host about 2 dozen people and to see another of his tea farm and factory. He also gave us enough time to see part of West Lake.  Not too many pictures, but did have fun that evening. The Thai delegation was great at doing the reggaeton.

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March  21, 2019

Well, this was a busy day.  I mentioned the morning last week and this week I will do the afternoon and evening.  We went to the 2019 Zhejiang Longjing Tea Stir Fixation Competition.  It was really nice to see. We were lucky because some of us were able to try pan-firing (fixating) the dragonwell or Longjing green tea. I have tons of videos from the event and even was able to purchase some high-grade Longjing at the Festival.  We were also able to get behind the ropes too.  We were also able to really get to see a tea farm. This was the most extensive of walking and being with the tea plants.  I enjoyed it immensely.  The welcome dinner was this night. I did not take as many dinner photos, I guess I was too busy enjoying myself. Also please click on the links to shorter videos I took. Most are under a minute long,

The first photo is someone in the competition. The second and third photo are pictures of the head of the English tea association. The fourth photo is finished longjing. The fifth photo is fresh tea before it becomes longjing. The sixth photo is comparing the fresh with the finished product. The rest are pictures of our visit to the tea farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to China March 14 – 28, 2019

March  21, 2019

After eating breakfast we took shuttles to Houtu Tea Factory in Shengzhou.  They showed us the factory, gave us a talk, set up a mid-day snack, and a tour of there tea museum.  It was a pretty rainy morning, so it was nice that we were inside for it.  This is a place that produces gunpowder green tea. Not really in a writing mood today, but it was a lovely day. The afternoon will be talked about next week. Thank you for reading my blog and my trip to China.

 

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 20, 2019

The last day in Yibin was filled with exploring the place we had the 1st Confederation of International Tea Smallholders (CITS) Meeting. The place had a greenhouse and tea gardens.  We took a tour and were entertained until the meeting. The meeting was informative because we were shaping the documents and the tone of the CITS.  Afterward, we had lunch and went to the airport to get on Tibetan Air to Hangzhou.

Was a little sad because we had to say goodbye to some really nice people who were not going to the First International Green Tea Conference in Shengzhou with us. Once we got to Hangzhou we took a bus to Shengzhou where our hotel was.  When we arrived we went to our rooms and went to a dining hall to eat a late meal.

The last two photos are the inside of Yibin Airport.

China Trip March 14 – 28, 2019

March 19, 2019

The Raabs and I did go to the Specialty Tea Exhibit again on the morning of March 19, 2019. We were able to see the whole exhibition, the day before we were only there for about a half hour to hour.  When you have about eight people it is harder to a quick look at all the exhibitors. We just really went to one booth and only looked at 2 -3 booths.  The Raabs and I were able to see all of the booths and taste many, many teas.  Later on,  we had to get back for the business side of our trip.  Learning about tea trends across the world from the heads of the tea industry for each country. It was interesting hearing from the supply side and the demand side. Also, it depends on the wealth of the country what they were looking for too.

One thing I can definitely say is we did not have to worry about having enough food or tea.  The dinners pictures below combined, plus add twice as much food. This does not include meals between meals and for the tea as much hot water and tea as you could drink. This was the going away dinner, but all dinners had at least double the amount of food pictured in both photos for 10 people per table. They had to stack the dishes on top of dishes because there was no room on the tables.

 

China Trip March 14- 28, 2019

The afternoon and evening of March 18, 2019.

After lunch, we were shuttled to Mingwei Tea Factory to witness the Shouting Ceremony and visit Mingwei Tea Fields, Museum and Tea Factory. You can watch the videos, but understand I am definitely not a professional videographer and these are just snippets of the ceremony. They closed the roads so our motorcade of shuttles could drive without stopping. We had so many pictures taken of us, interviews for tv & newspapers,  and they even offered to peel oranges for us. After the ceremony, we were shuttled to the Mingwei Tea factory and Museum.

When we got back we had a huge dinner. There was a vegetarian table where I was sitting with a few people from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and a lady from Germany about 7 people in total. It was nice because whenever there was a vegetarian table Tuba the lady from Germany and I would look for each other to make sure we were sitting at the correct table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to China March 14-28, 2019

March 18, 2019

We were shuttled to the Specialty Tea Exhibition in Yibin for the Opening Ceremony for the 3rd Annual International Tea Conference.  This is the start ok, well March 17th night was more like the start of the business side of the conference. The opening ceremony was a grand occasion, the Chinese really wanted to impress the international tea community and to hand out awards.

The featured picture is the USA tea people cheering each other. It was great to feel the warmth of my community. We were at the Specialty Tea Exhibition. This happened in the morning because in the afternoon we went to visit the first tea farm of our trip.

I will continue with the trip and the second half of March 18, 2019, next week 🙂

Cheers from some of the USA delegation to you.