In his own words, Mr. He explains the work that goes into picking his family’s Laoshan teas.
In the early spring, their fields are covered in two layers of greenhouse protection, and each leaf and bud is picked one at a time. It takes about 100-150 leaves and buds for 50g of fresh leaves, and 5 jin (2.5 jg) of fresh leaves to make one finished jin (500g) of dried tea. That means every 500g of finished tea contains between 5000 and 7500 buds and leaves!