Top Tea culture cities of China falls into mainly two categories: those which have famous tea growing areas nearby and those who have history and culture of tea drinking. Tea drinking is very much popular in all parts of china and all have their different favorite types. There are mainly five cities representing the cream of favorite tea production areas of China.
One of the best attractions to go in the tea growing areas is that it has scenic mountains where the tea is green and you can see yourself how the tea is being produced. You will love to drink the local tea with the guide explaining the tea ceremony and the methods for best brewing and drinking the tea. You will get a chance to bargain and buy the tea.
Huangshan is the number one tea cultural city. It has mythical Yellow Emperor and gives the name of Yellow Mountain. Huangshan Furry Tip is one of the top five teas of China and it is named for its furry leaves. Another famous tea is the Keenum Black which is a black tea grown in the prefecture of Huangshan. The best quality Chrysanthemum tea is also found in Huangshan. Tunxi Ancient Street is the place from where you can buy Huangshan’s tea.
Imperial tea is number two popular choice of tea is the Suzhou’s Green spiral tea. Suzhou was an imperial retreat for the elite of Beijing. Suzhou’s ornate gardens were settings for many a classy cuppa for many centuries. You can also drink the emperor’s tea and enjoy the gardens which emperors enjoyed on the tour to Suzhou.
Quanzhou is located in the Fujian province to the south East China. it has two famous tea which are Iron Goddess and Fujian jasmine tea. Iron Goddess Tea is an oolong or Wulong tea which has a fresh and mellow taste and a favorite drink for summer. Anxi is about 40 Km to the northwest of Quanzhou City where Iron godess is grown. Jasmin tea is the favorite of Beijing which use jasmine flower mixed with the green tea. It is produced in the Fujian Province.
Xishuangbanna is at the endpoint of Yunnan and a major tea growing area. It is the place from where pressed tea was taken on horseback to Tibet, Nepal and India. In the tropical forested hills of Xishuangbanna, the Dai people produce the best Puer tea by pressing into variety of wheels and bricks.