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CHINA – Searching for the World´s Best Teas

Jiang Fang Wen and Jose Guedes

Jiang Fang Wen and Jose Guedes

12 Nights – 13 Days.

Introduction: History of Tea

The best known story says that tea is originary from China and start during the reign of Emperor Sheng Nong, a ruler lover of arts and science and known as the Divine Healer.

The Emperor, worried about epidemics decreed that all people should boil the water before drinking it. One day, Sheng Nong when was strolling through gardens, asked boiled water, while resting in the shade of a tree. Some leaves fell into his cup, giving the water a brownish tinge. Yet the Emperor chose to drink, surprising himself with the pleasant taste. From this moment was fan of this drink, tea, inducing people to his taste.

Another version is that the origin of tea dates back to the period immediately prior to the Tang Dynasty (618-906).

This Dynasty witnessed the spread of a drink made by Buddhist monks. This drink, coming from the Himalayas, was based on the tea bush, Camellia Sinensis as is scientific name, which grew wild there.

According to reports from the Japanese Buddhist monk Ennin, during a trip to the Middle Kingdom, around the ninth century, tea was already part of the habits of the Chinese. At the same time, a Chinese Buddhist monk named Lu Yu wrote the first major book on tea called Tea Ching, where we describe the methods of cultivation and preparation of tea.

At this time the tea began to expand westward through Central Asia and Russia. However, only with the Portuguese settled in Macau in the late fifteenth century, the tea began to be truly known.

The use of tea in England is attributed to Catherine of Braganza, by 1660. Catarina (Portuguese princess who married King Charles II of England) sponsored "Tea parties", where tea came to be appreciated by women and later also became the male taste.

At this time, the Portuguese ships brought cargoes of tea to the port of Lisbon, where the majority of the load, was then re-exported to Holland and France. No surprise it was a Portuguese Jesuit priest the first European to write about tea.

In the seventeenth century, the Dutch fleet was very powerful, and quickly Portugal lost the monopoly on the tea trade to Europe.


The Best Teas

In Wikipedia the following table is shown. We quote “Different sources cite different teas, but the following table compiles ten different such lists and ranks the teas upon recurrence.[2]

Translated English Tea Name

Chinese Tea Name

Chinese Tea Name Pronunciation

Place of Origin




Dragon Well


Xi Hu Long Jing

Hangzhou, Zhejiang

Green tea



Spring Snail


Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun

Suzhou, Jiangsu

Green tea



Yellow Mountain Fur Peak


Huáng shān Máo Fēng

Huang Shan, Anhui

Green tea



Mount Jun Silver Needle


Jun shan Yin Zhen

Yueyang, Hunan

Yellow tea



Qi Men Red


Qi Men Hong Cha

Qimen, Anhui

Black tea



Big Red Robe


Wu Yi Dà Hóng Páo

Wuyi Mountains, Fujian

Oolong tea



Melon Seed


Liu ān Guā Piàn

Liuan, Anhui

Green tea



Iron Goddess


An xi Tiě Guān Yīn

Anxi, Fujian

Oolong tea



Houkui tea


Tai Ping Hou Kui

Huang Shan, Anhui

White tea



  1. ^ "Top Ten Teas of China". Accessed 18 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Famous Chinese Teas". Chinese-Tea-Culture. Accessed June 2011.
  3. ^ "China top ten famous teas". Retrieved 11 November 2011.
    1. China's Famous Teas, Wilkipedia



Come to China and visit the places of production of the most of those top famous teas in China and in the world.

We will take you to visit plantations, to see the farmers and even to experiment to catch some tea if you came in the right time

You can see how the tea is “cooked” and study and experiment the process of to make tea according to China Culture of Tea. We will have a workshop that will give you all the information

Additionally you visit some of the most beautiful landscapes from China as well beautiful water town that are “survivors” of the process of modernization that China is experimenting now.

You will stay in Boutique Hotels and very nice 5 star hotels. We will take good care of you. We choose a panel of good restaurants and you can also try different kind of Chinese food.

If you are interested contact us a tell us about your doubts.


Day 1 – Arrival to Pudong Airport. Transfer to Jinxi, Check-in. Welcome Meeting. Visit to Jinxi, Dinner

Day 2 – Breakfast (Continental Buffet). Driving to Tongli (30 minutes), Visit water town. Lunch. Visit water town (cont.), Return Jinxi. Tea Ceremony . Dinner. Confraternization.

Day 3 – Breakfast (Continental Buffet). Check-out. Driving to Yixing (1 hr 30 minutes), Visit teapot makers. Lunch. Visit teapot designers shops, Driving to Hangzhou (1hr 30 minutes). Check in . Dinner. Confraternization in West Lake shore.

Day 4 – Breakfast (Continental Buffet). Check-out. Driving to Lonjing Mountain (45 minutes), Visit Lonjing tea producer. Lunch. Visit Lingyin Temple. Driving to Huangshan (2hr). Check in . Dinner (in a famous restaurant). Tongxi area visit (walking)

Day 5 – Breakfast. Driving to Qimen (75 minutes), Visit Qimen Red (black) tea producer. Lunch. Driving to Xidi (30 minutes). Visit Xidi Water Town. Driving to Huangshan (50 minutes), Dinner (special dish: meat with bambu)

Day 6 – Breakfast. Check-out. Driving to Tai Ping (75 minutes), Visit Tai Ping Hou Kui white tea producer. Lunch. Driving to Qiyun Mountain (30 minutes). Qiyun Mountain visit , Taoist Temple. Driving to Huangshan (50 minutes), Dinner (local restaurant).

Day 7 – Breakfast. Check-out. Driving to Wuyi Mountain (1st part 3 hours), Lunch Driving to Wuyi Mountain (2nd part 3 hours). Check-in Tea Culture meeting. Tea tasting Dinner Confraternization.

Day 8 – Breakfast. To Wuyi Mountain (10 minutes), Visit Oolong tea producer.Visit Wuyi National Park Lunch Visit Wuyi National Park (cont.). Return Hotel. Dinner

Day 9 – Breakfast. Check-out. Wuyi Mountain Tour and Boat downriver. Lunch. Driving to Qiandaohu (6 hours). Dinner. Check in.

Day 10 – Breakfast. Check-out. 1000 Islets 1 Day Tour. Driving to Hangzhou (2 hours). Dinner. Check-in.

Day 11 – Breakfast (Continental Buffet). Check-out. Tea Market. Lunch. Silk market. Driving to Jinxi (2 hours). Check in . Dinner. Confraternization.

Day 12 – Breakfast (Continental Buffet). Driving to Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun plantation (1 hour) . Visit. Driving to Suzhou (45 minutes) Lunch. Visit Garden. Dinner. Visit to Old street. Driving to Jinxi (30 minutes) .

Day 13 - Breakfast (Continental Buffet). Farewell. Transfer to Pudong airport.


.....FAMILY & .....FRIENDS

1 couple

€ 2,980.00

2 persons

2 couples

€ 5,350.00

2,675.00 each couple

3 couples

€ 7,185.00

2,395.00 each couple


> 7 couples

€ 2,075.00

each couple, 2 persons

All land transportation by air-conditioned coach as per the above itinerary, English Portuguese, Russian speaking guide for the entire trip, Accommodation on twin sharing basis and breakfast, All entrance fees for visiting sites in the itinerary as well the tickets for tours and boats. Lunches & dinners in good restaurants are included.

Excluded: Int'l air ticket and unpredictable events which cause extra expenses during tour, All expenses of private natures such as telephone calls, faxes, laundry, room service, etc., Expenses due to deviations from the scheduled program required by the travelers are not included. Damages caused by incorrect action (hotels & shops).


1. Visa process takes about 2-3 weeks.

2. The organizer is totally flexible to the needs of the tourists and could change the itinerary according to them.

3. You will receive a “Tea in China” presentation in English and some samples of Tea as a gift .

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