|tea plant , Hangzhou|
Last week, I visited the Xihu Lake ( West Lake) area near Hangzhou, Zhejaing Province in China. Besides being a very scenic place, it has the reputation of producing the best green tea in China - Xihu Longjing tea, or Dragon Well tea.
|first growth March picking ( Swallow's tongue)|
|pre Qing-Ming picking - first Spring tea shoots early April|
|later picking - lower grade 'Dragon Well After the Rain' tea|
|tea picking baskets and tea picker's hat|