This year, we are soaring on the back of the black dragon (oolong)
We will start out in Fujian, potentially visiting organic farms in Anxi and Quanzhou with a possible stop in De Hua to see the porcelain. We already have some beautiful contacts in these locations and many wild trees to see, along with tea processing and other tea glories. Due to time constraints, we haven’t yet organized the exact details of the first leg of the trip. This will all be ironed out by the end of January, but we wanted to let you apply and start planning now.
After Fujian, we will head to Chaozhou, the birthplace of gongfu tea. We will meet with tea lovers, potters, charcoal stove makers and see all kinds of tea brewing. Everyone in Chaozhou drinks gongfu tea, even roadside noodle vendors who pour a cup or two between customers. We will be taught various gongfu brewing methods and visit all kind of historic tea sites.
Then, we will travel to Phoenix Mountain to drink tea and meditate beneath the ancient tea trees there, witnessing and participating in the production of traditional dancong oolong tea. The gorgeous old trees on Phoenix Mountain are called “single bush (dancong)” because they are processed individually, tree by tree. This tradition does continue even today. This is a must-visit site for tea lovers, and a trip to Phoenix Mountain will ensure that we all learn a tremendous amount about oolong tea!
Finally, we will end our trip in Hong Kong. We are planning some amazing activities while there, including a meditation session at an ancient temple, our last tea beneath the giant Buddha and a huge farewell feast at an excellent vegetarian restaurant.
Like previous years, we will arrange 2-3 epic tea sessions along the way, pooling our money to purchase some rare aged oolong and puerh teas. This year, we are going to get a 100-year-old oolong and try to drink a stellar puerh (perhaps red mark)!
We will once again be guided by the gracious Mr. Liang and perhaps Henry Yiow for part of the way, ensuring that there will be plenty to learn. As usual, Wu De will offer discourses every evening to give context to our trip and education along the way.
We will start a newsletter very soon, offering participants details about where we will meet, how to get a visa and exact dates for each location along the way. Once your place on the trip is secure, you will automatically be put on the list and updated accordingly. We can’t wait to share another epic year of tea travels together!