China 2006 - Hangzhou Tea & Wine
Hangzhou is famous for its tea, especially West Lake Dragon Well Green Tea
First, here is a tea bush - these leaves are picked off, dried, and pan fried to give a distinctive flat shape
Tea growing in rows on a hillside
Tea is a staple of Chinese life - here a group plays cards (also a staple of Chinese life) in a tea house
More tea on a slope
Traditional tea-drying house in the hills, right next to the tea
The tea fields apparently provide a good backdrop for
Here a fashion model shows off a heavy winter jacket, in 95 degree humid weather !
I bought tea from these growers, in their house - here is some
tea in my cup for tasting,
plus the balance scale to measure (the dish, bar, and weight)
Here the growers package my tea in little packages, sealed in plastic, melted by candle to seal out the air
Hangzhou also had a wine industry long ago and a nice museum showing how it was made - first the nice museum
Men loading materials
A man working hard
Teams hard at work
Delivering the final product
And boys dancing to celebrate, or because they were drunk !
Statues of the wine celebrations
Up close - wine and song !