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Green Tea Picking and Tea Plantation in Hangzhou

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
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Plan your Hangzhou tour? Hangzhou is a garden city well known for its local specialities of Silk and Green Tea. Hangzhou’s green tea is sectioned into three kinds: Spring Tea, Summer Tea and Autumn Tea.

Spring tea is supposed to be the best of the three in terms of color and aroma. The green tea picked before and after the period of Tomb Sweeping Festival ( around April 05 each year ) is the champion of all green tea.

Dazhuang Village

Ayi Chen, working as a street cleaner in our community, is now on her 20-day leave to be back home in Dazhuang Village for picking tea. Her whole family is busy harvesting green tea, picking, frying and packaging.

A kind of nostalgia of my childhood experience picking green tea is returning to me. I cannot resist the temptation and rev up my black horse driving towards Ayi Chen’s home in Dazhuang Village, a tea farming village.

Every family has a three-storey building.

Back to my elementary school years, I still remember each year our school would arrange us to “learn from workers”, “learn from peasants” and “learn from soldiers”, with each for two-week time.

Every time we were engaged in one of the “three learnings”, we would be very happy simply because again we didn’t have to go to class for two weeks.

For “learning from peasants”, basically we would be assigned to work in a tea garden or plantation in a village in the outskirts of Hangzhou. Picking tea, we would stand for a whole day, thirsty and backache.

We all deeply felt that it was really not easy to be a tea farmer. 50 years have passed since then, but I still keep a tender emotion linking to tea picking and tea farmers.

I drive into Dazhang Village carrying my long lense camera, parking my car in the spacious yard in front of Ayi Chen’s three-floor building. The moment I get out of my car, I smell the light fragrance of fried tea.

Xiao Hu, Ayi Chen’s only son greets me and introduces me to his father who is working inside the shed on a corner of the yard. The shed is his father’s workshop, frying and packaging tea.

Beautiful TEa Plantation

Ayi Chen and her husband are both tea farmers, except his son – Xiao Hu who now works in the downtown of Fuyang District in Hangzhou. But each year, Xiaohu will be on 20-day leave helping his family harvesting green tea.

Ayi Chen herself is now picking in her government allocated tea plantation on a hillside, the size of about 3000 square meters. Her mother in law – Xiaohu’s grandmother is at the kitchen starting to preparing dinner. Xiao Hu works as a salesman, responsible for selling tea online or through words of mouth. What a tea family!

Xiao Hu and I walk from his home towards the tea gardens on hill slopes. On the route, he shows me around Dazhuang Village proudly. Each village family has a three-storey building with a big yard. And the village is situated in a beautiful valley.

Looking from a  distance, the village is like a clusters of gracious villa-type single buildings. Each house emits the fragrant smell of frying green tea. Xiao Hu says most of the villagers are very rich and they keep modesty and low profile. In his saying so, a deluxe SUV porsche is passing by.

Picking Tea

Xiao Hu introduces that they usually sell tea to big wholesalers, but more and more urban residents like to come to his village and directly buy tea from tea farmers in the village.

Exiting from the village, we walk along a muddy and narrow road winding up to the hills surrounding Dazhuang Village. Viewed from a distance, the tea picking girls are like colorful stars hanging on the green oil canvas.

Standing on the hilltop of his family’s tea plantation, he says if I came here half a month earlier, I would have caught a better view of the surrounding tea plantations with peach blossoms.


Back to his family, his grandmother insists that I should stay for dinner. No, please, but I will be back to Dazhuang Village, a pearl in the paradise of Hangzhou – my hometown.

How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherPlan your Hangzhou tour? If you would like to pamper yourself in a green and beautiful environment with singing birds and murmuring springs, come to Hupao Spring. “Hupao Spring” literally means Tiger Running Spring, Tiger Digging Spring, or simply named Tiger Spring.

The legend has it that here lived an eminent monk named Xing Kong during Tang Dynasty. In 819 when he decided to leave this place due to lack of water, the immortal told him in his dream that two tigers would be sent to him and take spring to him. Next morning, to his pleasant surprise, He saw two tigers digging the earth and soon the spring gushed forth, hence the name Tiger Spring.

Hupao Spring is located at the foot of Daci Hill around 5km in the southwest of Hangzhou. You have several public transport choices going from downtown Hangzhou to Hupao Spring: by taxi, by bike or by private car or van. Public buses to Hupao Spring – K4, K504, Tourism Bus (Y5) No.5 for 2 or 3 Yuan.

It is advisable to combine Liuhe Pagoda and Hupao Spring into a half day Hangzhou trip since the two attractions are on the same travel route in Hangzhou. If you have a taste for Hangzhou Zoo or if you travel with your kids, Hangzhou Zoo will be on your travel agenda, which is just next to Hupao Spring. Liuhe Pagoda, Hupao Spring and Hangzhou Zoo are very often put together for one day Hangzhou tour.

Hupao Spring is reputed as the Third Best Spring in China due to its unique fountain. Longjing Tea made of the water from Hupao Spring is regarded as the “two wonders” in Hangzhou. Of course, Hupao Spring was not taken here by the two tigers. Hupao Spring gushes forth due to the underground water seeping from quartz sandstone.

Hupao spring tastes pure, sweet and cold, an ideal drink for good health. What arouse people’s interest is the fact that the spring water rises three millimeters above a bowl edge without overflowing, a scientific phenomenon due to the high surface tension of the spring water.

The attraction of “Hupao Spring” doesn’t stop here. Actually, right now “Hupao Spring” has been expanded into a forest park – Hupao Spring Forest Park rife with streams, trees, pagodas, pavilions. Beside natural elements in the park, Hupao Spring Forest Park has added much Chinese culture and history content to make it worth visiting and exploring more.

Li Shutong Memorial was built in memory of the scholar who was outstanding in the aspects of music, drama, painting, and calligraphy. Monk Jigong’s hall and Dagoba were also set up in honor of the popular monk. Now Hupao Spring Forest Park is a good fusion combining nature and culture.

Two hours are neended for visiting Hupao Spring. It is a half hour’ walk from its main entrance by the road to the hillside Hupao Spring and other attractions.

The Bus Signboard indicates K4, 504 and Y5 (on another side)

A clean public toilet is just by the side BUS STOP at Hupao Spring.

A clean public toilet is just by the side BUS STOP by the entrance to Hupao.

This is the Ticketing Office at Hupao Spring. Entrance Fee: RMB 15. Children under the height of 1.2 meters are entitled to free tickets.

This is the Ticketing Office at Hupao Spring

A long corridor lined with numerous pines trees leading up to the center of Hupao Spring.

A long corridor lined with numerous pines trees leading up to the center of Hupao Spring.

Some local residents are fetching the Hupao Spring water from a designated area in the park.

Some local residents are fetching the Hupao Spring water from a designated area in the park.

A screen wall is carved with the three Chinese characters “Hupao Spring”.

A screen wall is carved with the three Chinese characters

Late Premier Zhou Enlai escorted foreigners visiting Hupao Spring in 1950s. All were amazed by the surface tension of Hupao Spring.

later Premier Zhou Enlai escorted foreigners visiting Hupao Spring in 1950s.

The Diecui Hall in front of Hupao Spring introduces the development  and events in Hupao Spring.

The Diecui Hall in front of Hupao Spring introduces the development waiting for coming foreign visitors

Ji Gong was known for his wild and eccentric behavior while maintaining his compassionate for the poor. Ji Gong became a folk hero in China. Ji Gpong here is enshrined in Ji Gong Hall.

Ji Gong was known for his wild and eccentric behavior while maintaining his compassionate for the poor

Li Shutong Memorial was built in memory of the scholar who was outstanding in the aspects of music, drama, painting, and calligraphy.

Li Shutong Memorial was built in memory of the scholar who was outstanding in the aspects of music, drama, painting, and calligraphy

After visiting the Hupao Spring Forest park, visitors are walking along the corridor towards the entrance.

visitors are walking along the corridor towards the entrance

Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for Hangzhou organized tours:

Hangzhou Classic Day Tour   from US$ 70 p/p
Hangzhou Cultural Day Tour  from US$ 55 p/p
Hangzhou 3 day Tour Package  from US$ 365 p/p
Hangzhou 4-day Tour Package  from US$ 415 p/p

 

Further Readings


1. When is the best time to visit Hangzhou? 2. Where to stay in Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall 4. Hangzhou airport shuttle bus
5. Hangzhou Airport Taxi 6. Hangzhou Taxi
7. Hangzhou Bicycle Hire 8. Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
9. Musical Fountains in Hangzhou 10. Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
11. Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou 12. The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou
13. The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou 14. How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
15. How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou 16. How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
17. How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda 18. Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
19. Guozhuang Garden Hangzhou 20. Beishan oad Hangzhou
21. The Post-Rain West Lake 22. Hanting Hangzhou
23. Hangzhou World Heritage 24. Hangzhou Trip
25. Hangzhou Group Tour 26. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou

Any questions, just drop a line!

Best Time and Place to See Cherry & Tulip Flowers in Hangzhou

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherPlan your Hangzhou tour in spring? So where is the best place to feel and touch spring in Hangzhou? Actually Hangzhou is a garden where you can find numerous places dotted with blooming spring flowers on the streets, in the city parks and in the surrounding hills. You are immersed in the sea of blossoms when you come to Hangzhou in spring.

Prince Bay Park (Taiziwan Park ) is oft-lauded as the most popular place to see and feel the coming of spring in Hangzhou with its beautiful tulips and sakura ( cherry flowers ) and poetic landscapes.

Over 1000 cherry trees fit in with 45 kinds of tulips planted on the elegantly set landscapes – lakes, bridges, pavilions and gardens. When you raise your heads, you view the white cherry flowers; when you look down, you see the colorful tulips blossoms – red, yellow, white and more.

Where is Prince Bay Park?
The park is set on the natural hilly land on the southwest of West Lake, just across the southern end of Su Causeway.

When to Visit Prince Bay Park?
Prince Park is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Each season has its own charming features. But spring is the best time to visit Prince Bay Park to view the blooming cherry blossoms and tulips blooms. The best time is from March 20 to Apring 10.

How to get to Prince Bay Park?
For the tulip and cherry season, the park is very much crowded with hordes of tourists. Just try to avoid coming here on the weekends. Come to the park either in the early morning or later afternoon to skip the crowds. You may take the bus lines: 51, 52, 334, Y6, 87, 315,
314 and 4, getting off at the station of Su Causeway.

Yesterday late afternoon, together with my wife and sister in law, we strolled in Prince Bay Park, fascinated by the traditional landscapes rife with blooming cherry and tulip flowers.

Though the park is sprawling and spacious, some scenic areas are still very crowded with people struggling with their cameras and iphone camera taking photos of the charming blossoms.

Below are some of the pictures taken during our short trip to Prince Bay Park.

Beautiful lawn hemmed with three kinds of blooming tulips.

 

Cherry trees fit in with tulips.

 

Cherry trees and tulips are artfully planted.

 

On the background of the distant hills and the limpid lake in the park.

 

The lake mirror of the park

 

An ideal place for wedding photography

 

Streams cascading with red tulips in the mirror.

 

People viewing the scene is also in the scene.

 

Poetic Water reflection.

Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for Hangzhou organized tours:

Hangzhou Classic Day Tour   from US$ 70 p/p
Hangzhou Cultural Day Tour  from US$ 55 p/p
Hangzhou 3 day Tour Package  from US$ 365 p/p
Hangzhou 4-day Tour Package  from US$ 415 p/p

 

Further Readings


Best Time to See Cherry Flowers in Beijing.

1. When is the best time to visit Hangzhou? 2. Where to stay in Hangzhou
3. Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall 4. Hangzhou airport shuttle bus
5. Hangzhou Airport Taxi 6. Hangzhou Taxi
7. Hangzhou Bicycle Hire 8. Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
9. Musical Fountains in Hangzhou 10. Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
11. Walk around West Lake in early morning Hangzhou 12. The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou
13. The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou 14. How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
15. How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou 16. How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
17. How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda 18. Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
19. Guozhuang Garden Hangzhou 20. Beishan oad Hangzhou
21. The Post-Rain West Lake 22. Hanting Hangzhou
23. Hangzhou World Heritage 24. Hangzhou Trip
25. Hangzhou Group Tour 26. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Hangzhou

Any questions, just drop a line!