Traveling for tea is a bit of a foreign concept for most Americans. But in China, the growing trend to learn more about tea culture is creating a rise in museums and tours. Participants in these tea excursions have the option to hike to the terraces and hand-pick tea leaves, or simply sit back and quietly enjoy a cup.
In the eyes of the Chinese, a person with knowledge about tea is not only educated, but cultivated as well since there is no formal education on the subject in the country.
If you are planning a trip to China, make sure to dedicate time for one of these tea tours. There are three areas to start your tea education, which include Longjing (Hangzhou province) for the ultimate green tea, Wuyi Mountain for oolong, and Southern Yunnan for pu’er tea. You will come away with a better appreciation for both tea and the culture that surrounds it.