Just 100 miles southwest of Shanghai lies Hangzhou, the “playground of Shanghai.” Sitting on the glorious West Lake Hangzhou is a perfect vacation spot for travelers near and far. One of its many draws is an area just outside the city called Long Jing, Dragon Well. One of the most famous Chinese teas – Long Jing Tea – comes from there.
Lies on the West Lake Scenic Area, Hangzhou, China, Meijiawu has long been well-known for its Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea tradition. Surrounded by green mountains and the fragrance of tea, the place makes you feel the clean countryside air and retreat from the crowded and noisy urban areas.
Tea village is seated at the hinterland of WestLakePark and it boasts the most important tea production basis. Here you are in an original natural environment, just relax your feelings and enjoy the special tea culture, taste the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.
Legend has it that a disguised emperor stayed there once in a farmhouse overnight. He had a dream that the entire area, with all its hills and valleys, hid a giant sleeping dragon. The dragon chose to reveal itself to the dreaming emperor foretelling much glory ahead. When he woke up he named the region Long Jing, Dragon Well.Now it is one of the four famous habitats for Longjing Tea and the largest production base of Longjing Tea in Hangzhou. Covering an area of more than 800,000 square meters, Meijiawu Village is the tourist area for sightseeing, combining farmhouses and tea culture, which attracts millions of tourists from home and abroad come to visit every year.
The tea culture village features 160 tea houses, in which travelers can learn about the history and culture of Meijiawu Tea Village and appreciate the whole process of Chinese Tea Ceremony. Meijiawu Village is reputed for its history of serving exquisite tea. Here elaborate tea taking ceremonies are held, you will be able to understand why partaking in tea ceremonies is of such importance for Chinese. This picturesque village will enable you to experience the pleasure of a perfect cup of tea, watch several tea ceremonies and most interesting selected tea under professional supervision.
The most famous spring tea from Long Jing is collected in late March-early April and is usually referred to as either emperor tea or white tea. Only the newest top leaves are hand-picked and baked by hand, making it one of the more expensive teas you will encounter. The top leaves that are picked in April, May, and early June are considered green tea and are worth less, depending on the month they were picked.
Besides, Meijiawu Tea Village is renowned for its tea food with the favor of lightness, smooth, and slightly salty, such as shrimp in Longjing Tea, Shrimp Bucket in Bi Luo Tea, and Longjing fish. Recently, local restaurants issued several popular dishes, like Carp with Qingshui Tea, crispy skin chicken with Tea soup and idyllic stewed duck with Tea soup.
Travel Essentials Location: Meiwujia Village, West Lake District, beside the Meilin Avenue
Getting there Travelers can take city buses No. 4, 324, 5, Tour 4, Tour 5 and K658 from the city proper.