Fresh Green Tea in Shoaxing
First we had to walk to the tea plantation, shown here with green tea bushes on both sides of the road.
Then we had to pick the green tea leaves, but it’s not just any leaf. Apparently the best green tea is from the shoots of new leaves. The mature, dark leaves are sold to Lipton to make, what the Chinese call, crap tea. I, however, can’t taste the difference.
(The owner of the plantation)
Next comes frying the tea leaves and balling the leaves.
Then the rolled tea leaves are put in the cut, but without any bag or strainer, while hot water is poured into the cup. Finally, drinking the tea comes next — the freshest tea I’ve ever had.