Huang Shan tea field, tea plants in foreground with chestnut and pine trees
I want to spend a few days talking about tea in the Huang Shan region (Anhui province). Of the 10 Great Chinese Teas, 3 of them come from the Anhui . (If you expand that list to the top 20, it's 4 from Anhui.) This is a very important tea region, and I'm grateful to have stepped foot in its soil. It's a lovely mountainous region, and will always hold a special place in my heart. It's the fist place I picked tea.
Ms. Ling Di
I cannot tell the story of this region without introducing you to Ling Di. She's a "got-it-together" kind of woman! Not only does she have about 500 acres of tea, but she also runs a large tea supermarket, smaller specialty retail stores, and is part of Songluo Mountain Tea Factory where her tea is manufactured. She's responsible for tea tourism in the region, and she's a partner in the building of a conference center ( focused on the tea trade and tourism). I enjoyed meeting her family, as well. She is knowledgeable, kind and hard-working. She's an inspiration to me!
Stay tuned - I'll be talking more about the teas produced in this region, Ling Di's enterprises and some amazing tea snacks!