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Tea plantation | ©Hai Yang/Flickr
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The Most Beautiful Tea Plantations in China

Picture of Bailey Berg
Updated: 9 October 2017
All over China, tea farmers are hard at it, working in the trees, moving freshly picked leaves from the field, carefully drying the plants and shipping their goods out. It’s a practice that they’ve been perfecting for centuries. Here’s a glimpse of life on the plantations, though it’s better to check it out for yourself, as pictures rarely do it justice.

Yunnan Province

All together, the various tea plantations on Jingmai Mountain create the largest collection of tea production in the world. More than a million trees grow there – a chunk of which are some of the oldest wild tea trees in China.

A handful of growing tourism agencies offer trips to the various farms, tea factories, and shops. If you can get in on a tea ceremony, you’ll likely be served pu’er tea, as it’s the style that reigns supreme in this region.

Hunan Province

In the shadows of the jagged, column-shaped sandstone Zhangjiajie mountains (known for looking like floating islands, because of low hanging fog) farmers pluck tea from the vines.

Granted, you might not see much of the surrounding mountains, thanks to the misty nature of the area. But, that warm, temperate climate is what helps the tea grow.

Sichuan Province

The humid climate of the Sichuan province lends itself well to the production of tea.

Tea plantation, Sichuan
Tea plantation, Sichuan | ©YOYU.cn/Flickr

From a distance, the tea farms could almost be mistaken for rice paddies.

Sichuan green tea
Sichuan green tea | ©T.Tseng/Flickr

Here, the most popular tea styles in Sichuan are green and black.

Fujian Province

Oolong tea
Oolong tea | ©vhines200/Flickr

Located on the South East coast, Fujian Province has been developing its tea techniques since the Song Dynasty.

Drying tea leaves
Drying tea leaves | ©vhines200/Flickr

The area is known for the high quality of its teas, particularly oolong and white varieties.

Like the majority of tea plantations in China, you’re more likely to catch farmers here on a foggy day.

Tea plantation
Tea plantation | ©Hai Yang/Flickr

But, if you’re lucky, you might get some clear skies!