If you have a chance to come to Hangzhou - the hometown of the dragon well tea, a lot of famous attractions are waiting for you, such as the West Lake. And also, the Dragon Well Tea Plantation is exactly a must!
The Dragon Well Tea Plantation is in the Dragon Well Village, which locates at the bottom of the mountains near West Lake. The dragon well tea produced in Shifeng Mountain is the best renowned in the world. At the bottom of the mountain, there is a Hugong Temple, the front of which has 18 imperial tea trees. The 18 imperial tea trees are the most famous attraction in the Dragon Well Village.
About the 18 imperial tea trees, there is a legend. During the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Qianlong liked traveling around. When he took the sixth trip to the south of China, he came to Hangzhou. After visiting the beautiful West Lake, he wanted to see his favorite tea. So the followers brought him to Shifeng Mountain. Seeing the grand mountain, the clear dragon well, and the green tea plantation, the Emperor was inebriated deeply. So he imitated the women picking tea leaves in front of the Hugong Temple when suddenly he received an urgent message that his mother was very sick, so he stuck the tea leaves in his sleeve and flew back to Beijing to be with her. He had forgotten all about the tea leaves in his sleeve and when he was talking with his mother she asked him what the smell was. He pulled out the leaves and brewed them. His mother got much better the next day. He was very impressed with the flavor and had 18 trees planted for tribute tea that would annually be sent to him. Soon, Emperor Qianlong called the 18 trees in front of the Hugong Temple the 18 imperial tea trees. The 18 Imperial Tea Trees are devoted to tea. Beyond the trees are a series of teahouses, tea pavilions, and a restaurant. They are all built in traditional Chinese style and surrounded by bamboo groves and trees. Higher up on the mountain are small tea pavilions for visitors to sit amongst tea trees and enjoy tea.
Dragon Well Tea is named after a well in the village where according to a legend that a dragon dwelled and ensured that it rained. The well is still there. The area surrounding the well has many buildings and pavilions in it also. There are meandering paths connecting them, and the area is sheltered by large trees and bamboo groves. It is a very lovely place. It is very deep and is still being fed by a natural spring. The well is surrounded by a small marble fence carved in the shape of clouds. Clouds are where dragons are supposed to traditionally dwell. It is amazing! Brewing tea with the dragon well is extremely fragrant!
The atmosphere is very wonderful and peaceful. The tea houses, tea pavilions, and restaurants are beautifully placed amongst bamboo groves and tea trees. The workers all wear traditional style clothing and are very good at doing Gongfu Cha. It looked like a beautiful Chinese garden devoted to tea. So if you have a chance to come to Hangzhou, do not miss the Dragon Well Tea Plantation!
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