Pablo Calderon packs his bags and heads to China, the country of tea par excellence to learn (and taste) a little more about his passion
It has been a while since I’ve packed a suitcase, remembering those times at Les Roches when we used to pack every 6 months or so.
But I knew it was time to go out into the world and expand my tea passion at the epicenter of tea. This trip I took to China was merely focused on getting to know tea plantations and live with tea. Join me in this unique ‘travel’ which I hope one day we can all experience.
After travelling for about 14hrs departing from Mexico Intl. Airport we went by bus to the bamboo forest of Changxing to go to the Purple Bamboo Tea Garden where they make the Gu Zhu Zi Sun (Purple Bamboo Shoot) which is green tea that adopts a bamboo aroma with some sweetness in it.
The tea’s aroma comes naturally from the bamboo forests and tea bushes located nearby, so we could say that this is a natural blend bamboo-green tea.
The next stop was at Yi Xing place known for the famous and elegant purple teapots. The pottery made near the Tai Lake is considered by tea lovers to be one of the best materials to use to brew tea. Usually a teapot made out of this material will only work for one type of tea mostly pu-erh or oolong because this teapot absorbs the aroma of the teas brewed in them.
However, you may use it as you wish just be careful to never wash it with soap :).
The following day we went to An Ji area, which is famous for its green teas. We saw how the tea was made and met the hundred-year-old tree where the tealeaves are plucked. Next we moved along to De Qing county where they make Yellow tea, this kind of tea is similar to green tea excepts that the special thing about this particular kind of tea is that it is a very rare specimen outside of China, and it has a unique process called ‘no enzymatic fermentation’. The flavor and aroma of this tea can be compared between a white and green tea.
After this we moved to the Wuyi Mountains, a place known for their Oolong teas and the Lapsang Souchong black tea, a smoked tea.
We also visited many other places like; Da Hong Pao Park, Nanping, Hangzhou. These places are really beautiful, full of nature and of true human contact, with breathable air and fresh brew tea in the misty mountains.
This kind off trips help you experience the true atmosphere and the true people that you hardly find in the city.
It not so much about luxury, we had a hard time getting used to some things, however our trip was memorable.
The adventure to pursue your dreams can be the only motivation to go out and travel the world; in my particular case tea is my motivation and the tea gardens of the world my goal.
My advice to you is never stop traveling!
See you next time;