In Alishan (high mountain oolong), tea pickers (predominantly women) are often seasonal workers who move from farm to farm as the tea becomes ready to pick. The readiness of the tea differs by altitude and microclimate. It's an intense few days. The farm where we stayed had four days of picking during this flush.
The pickers work hard at this job. They fill their baskets and then deliver them to be weighed. The results are recorded in the books. Note the picker's blade attached to her finger. Not everyone uses these, but my own attempt at picking showed me how strong the stalk can be. For these high mountain oolong teas, three leaves and a bud get harvested.
Hard work in a very beautiful setting! Thank you to all the people who bring the tea to life.