Hangzhou Meijiawu Tea Village is a famous Dragonwell tea plantation nestled in the hills surrounding the West Lake, and is renowned as one of the most important tea production bases in China and possibly even the world. In it's former years it once entertained the likes of leaders of the Soviet Union, the United States, Vietnam, Great Britain, Cambodia and many other countries and regions.
Meijiawu Tea Village is situated on the west of West Lake. Once it was only a poor village with over six-hundred-year history until the local farmers started to plant tea. It has now become one of the Four Famous habitats for Longjing Tea (Dragon Well Tea) and a featured tea-most farm village with rich tea culture and leisure tourism, which attracts over millions of tourists 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 tea produced in Meijiawu Village is the best among all varieties of West Lake dragon tea. Local farmers usually pick tea leaves four times every year, Mingqian Tea before Pure Brightness, which will be on the 4th of April in 2016, Yuqian Tea before Grain Rain on the 19th of April (2016), Sanchun Tea before Beginning of the summer which starts on the 5th May (2016) and Sichun Tea just one month later. These dates remain fairly similar although may slightly change from year to year.
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 offer several popular dishes, like Carp with Qingshui Tea, crispy skin chicken with Tea soup and idyllic stewed duck with Tea soup.
Apart from this world famous Tea Village, Hangzhou is also home to the West Lake, the water feature found on the one Yuan note to be concise but an area of immense natural beauty spanning 6.5 square kilometers. It has also been home to some of China's most famous people including Chinese Olympian, Sun Yang, Italian merchant-traveler, Marco Polo during his lifetime as well as a few other notable figures including emperors throughout the dynasties as a summer retreat.
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