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On April 17 at 6AM, Ray hopped on a plane bound for the tea fields of China. With little more than a 2600 cu in. backpack, he started his trek in Kunming and ended the journey 35 days later in Shanghai’s tea markets.
Through photos, videos, and a map, we document our first trip to China for tea. Though Ray did pack very light, photos taken with a small camera and an ipod Touch for timely updates over wifi, provide a unique view of China and its people, along with our tea friends, producers, and farmers.
The following was Ray’s itinerary, traveling with the Dobrá Tea family from the US and Europe:
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Wednesday, 4/19 – Arrival in Kunming 12:40AM
Thursday, 4/19 – Acclimatisation in Kunming
Friday, 4/20 – Kunming surroundings
Saturday, 4/21 – Tuesday, 4/24 – Supplier Pure Tea co. – Tea-king tree, Processing of Lao Shu Bing Cha, Cha Tou, and other Yunnan Teas – West to Kunming
Wednesday, 4/25 – arrival in Dali
Thursday, 4/26 – free day in Dali
Friday, 4/27 – travel from Dali to Lijiang
Saturday, 4/28 – free day in Lijiang
Sunday, 4/29 – day to relax
Monday, 4/30 – Lijiang – Chengdu (by air)
Tuesday, 5/1 – Chengdu – historical and modern Tea-rooms
Wednesday, 5/2 – Thursday, 5/3 – visit Panda Center & Leshan (giant Buddha statue)
Friday, 5/4 – move to Mingshan – visit Meng Ding Huang Ya (Yellow Tea) supplier
Saturday, 5/5 – Sunday, 5/6 – move to do Liu An/Anhui – by boat on the Yangtze River – Three Gorges
Monday, 5/7 – Liu An – meeting with Anhui Teas supplier, crop and produce of Liu An Gua Pian
Tuesday, 5/8 – move to Wuhu
Wednesday, 5/9 – Wuhu, Tea-market, separation of travelers group
Thursday, 5/10 – Monday, 5/14 – free schedule, went to: Yixing (tea pots!)
Tuesday, 5/15 – Hangzhou – meeting of the travelers group
Wednesday, 5/16 – Zhejiang Tea Import and Export Co., Long Jing in Hangzhou area
Thursday, 5/17 – Friday, 5/18 – Zhejiang Tea Import and Export Co., Zhucha Shaoxian/Ningbo area,
alternatively by sea Ningbo-Putuoshan or back to Hangzhou
Saturday, 5/19 – move from Hangzhou/Putuoshan to Shanghai, meeting of the travelers group
Sunday, 5/20 – Shanghai – final Tea-shopping
Monday, 5/21 – departure from Shanghai and return home.