Except for silk, Longjing Tea is another famous specialty of Hangzhou City. Long Jing Tea (also known as Dragon Well tea) is the best known of China's green teas. It name derives from a local spring that legend has it is the lair of a dragon. It is an important part of Hangzhou culture, expresses the living attitude of locals as well as the Chinese people. As one of the most prized and expensive teas in China, dragon well green tea has a light yet unmistakable fragrance and calming taste.
Buying authentic Longjing Tea in Hangzhou is an ideal souvenir or great present to your friends. Here I would like to introduce info about where to buy authentic Longjing Tea in Hangzhou for your reference.
Longjing Tea Village
Address: the southwestern region of the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, China.
Longjing Tea Village is the best tea gardens in Hangzhou. Here produces superior Longjing Tea. The local villagers make living by planting tea tress and selling Longji Tea. Because of the perfect geographical condition here, the Longjing Tea produced in this place is regarded as the best. You can taste and buy good tea here. If you are interested, you can also arrange a tea-picking tour in the tea garden.
How to get: fares from downtown by taxi should be about RMB 35-45. This is the best way for foreign tourists who do not speak Chinese.
Meijiawu Tea Plantation
Address: Meijiawu Village, Xi Hu Region, Zhejiang Province, China杭州市西湖区风景名胜区杨梅岭村83号
Meijiawu Tea Plantation is a famous production base of Longjing Tea in Hangzhou, as well as an ancient village with a history of more than 600 years. It is a must go place in Hangzhou if you would like to learn something about the brilliant past and equally bright future of tea in China. By visiting here, you can not only see get beautiful village surrounded by green mountains with picturesque scenery, but also get to know the history of tea, the functions of tea and process of making tea. The villagers here have cultivated Longjing green tea for hundreds of years, but the tea's relatively recent popularity with tea connoisseurs and the area's attractiveness to tourists has given the villagers new prosperity.
How to Get There: take No.324 bus or No.5, No.4 tourists buses
Tea Franchised Store in Hangzhou
Hangzhou is famous for Longjing Tea. Therefore, there are a lot of tea franchised stores in this city, where you can buy authentic tea products. Stores in 464 Wulin Road, 187 Qinghefang Road, 30 Pinghai Road, 296 Yan’an Road, 68 Xihu Road, 90 Youdian Road, etc. are famous ones. The tea in the tea franchised stores are usually in superior quality but sells in high price.
The best time to visit tea village is during Tomb-sweeping Day (Qing Ming Festival, April 4 or 5) to Guyu Traditional Solar Term (Grain Rain, April 19-21). Because in this period, it produces the best Longjing Tea.
4 Days Best Hangzhou Tour
Attractions: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Hu Qingyu Traditional Pharmacy, China Tea Museum, Wuzhen Water Town