Jun 05, 2008


A few photos from a non-tea-related weekend trip to the mountains a few hours away from Kunming.
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Jun 03, 2008


It is commonly remarked that Yiwu is like the queen of puerh tea, while Banzhang is the king. The soft rounded character of Yiwu is contrasted by the intensely strong, bitter flavour and powerful chaqi of Banzhang. Due to the high demand and subsequent sky high prices (up to 1800RMB/US$260 per kg) of Banzhang tea […]
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May 25, 2008

Nannuoshan (2)

It’s with a feeling of relief that I write this post. I’d been holding off on this, while I waited for our tea from Nannuoshan to arrive in Kunming. With usual haphazard inefficiency somehow our package of tea took 1 week to make the 10 hour journey from Menghai to Kunming. Following warnings about unscrupulous […]
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May 22, 2008


We spent a fairly uneventful day making the journey from Yiwu to Menghai and settling into our basic accommodation which we hoped to be able to use as a base for the next few days while we explored surrounding tea mountains. Next morning, we arose early and boarded a bus headed back towards Jinghong, backtracking […]
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May 19, 2008

Yiwu (3)

Day 3 – Yiwu Following a leisurely lunch, we set about preparing for the afternoon’s activities. Our hosts had an order for 84 taidicha bings which they were due to press. To this we added our request for a few bings of their Dha Shu Cha [big tree tea] and Yesheng Chiao Mu [Wild Arbour] […]
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May 17, 2008

Yiwu (2)

Day 3 – Yiwu (2) Rising early, as may be expected in village life, we took cold showers in the shed at the bottom of the garden and climbed up the Old Tea Horse Road to fill up on a breakfast of spicy rice noodles. The village seems enmeshed in history and I had to […]
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May 16, 2008


Day 2 – Yiwu Happy to be beginning our actual tea journey, we boarded the crowded midday bus to Yiwu village. It seems there are two buses that make the roundtrip from Yiwu to Jinghong and back each day. Run by friendly Yiwu locals, the conductor would receive a call on her mobile phone and […]
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