Several generations ago, most villagers in Changtacun were not tea farmers.
At their home in Changtacun, the Liu Family and their neighbors still grow most of their own food and work in a small, self-contained community.
The growing demand for tea has brought new life to the region and to Changtacun in particular. Mr. Liu remembers how everyone used to farm cabbage and staple crops, mainly for self-subsistence. The introduction of tea has raised up the entire area and brought a new means for a better life.
Through tea, the Liu Family was able to help their daughter go to Qingdao University to study, where she has opened a shop to share her family’s tea in Northern China.
The rest of the family lives in the family home on their mountain plot in Changtacun and farms their own vegetables alongside tea. Mr Liu runs the family’s fields and workshop, along with his son and youngest daughter.
He hopes that through hard work and dedication he can build his family’s tea into something that his grandchildren want to carry on.