This holiday season, we visited our partner tea farmer Master Zhang at his family home and tea fields above Daping, Anxi. His beautiful fields and established tea bushes are wonderful to behold, and reveal that for Master Zhang, sustainability is not a buzzword – it is the obvious and only way of life.
Wild flowers grow freely among natural flora and established tea hedges. The constant flowering works double duty – attracting insects away from the growing tea leaves while infusing the growing plants with their complex aroma.
The beauty of Master Zhang’s tieguanyin tea fields cannot be understated. We wandered his fields for hours, taking the smells, the sounds, the clean air and the sunshine. The precious micro-climate created by the peaks is an invaluable resource – in the face of such incredible natural beauty, Master Zhang’s firm dedication to preserving the quality of his fields and of his home is easy to understand.
On the top floor of his family home and workshop, Master Zhang opened up the glass doors to let in the clean mountain air and the sounds of birds before the sun set. Over conversation, he prepared his favorite tea: Traditional Tieguanyin.
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