LONGJING TEA FIELDS
- Longjing (Dragon Well) is a small village. It perches on a hill called Fenghuang Hill, connecting the South Hill and the North Hill.
- The village is deeply hidden in the luxuriant trees punctuated with mysterious springs and streams. This fresh spring water encouraged the people of Hangzhou to develop their own distinct premium quality tea and thus Longjing tea was born as the finest quality tea now sought after worldwide.
- The well was discovered about 230AD. Ancient residents believed that some dragon dwelled here. People began to come here to pray for rainfall as early as Wu of Three Kingdoms (221-280) whenever there was a drought. It was said that the dragon was the god who controlled rainfall.
- Now this place is frequented visited by those who come for a taste of the Longjing tea, known for its greenness, fragrance, mellow taste, and beauty of tea leaves.
- Established in 1991, China Tea Museum is the only national museum in China that takes tea as its theme. China Tea Museum is situated at the idyllic Longjing Tea Village in the beautiful West Lake Scenic Area. The museum displays tea’s history, the various tea, tea events, tea sets and tea customs in China.
- China Tea Museum is clustered around the tea plantations. In side the museum, the flower corridors, fake hills, ponds and water-side pavilions are well integrated. So they make it as the park in the south of the Changjiang River where has the clean atmosphere and can feel the closeness to nature. China Tea Museum, with the tea taste and fragrance, makes friends all over world.
- China is the birthplace of tea with the longest history of tea culture. Today tea culture is a bright pearl in traditional Oriental culture. The National Tea Museum was opened in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in 1991. It is located in Longjing (Dragon Well) Village, west of charming West Lake, and covers an area of 22,000 square meters (about 5.4 acres) with a 3500 square meter (about 0.9 acres) construction area.
- This museum is the only one in the country with the tea theme. It has no external walls but is enclosed by vegetation giving the unique impression that the halls and the tea plants inside depend upon each other. Additionally, one hundred distinctive Chinese characters relating to tea are enchased in the road to add color to your trip.