This has been a terrible typhoon season in China, and the worst storm in 50 years is hitting there now. In Fuding, where white tea is produced and we have many close friends, two people have been killed and many are missing. Storms have been almost continuous this year hitting the tea producing regions in Taiwan, Fujian, Anhui, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, and Guangdong with unrelenting force.
There hasn’t been much in the Western press about this year’s typhoon season, but we have heard about nothing but for more than a month now. In Anxi, in Southern Fujian, the sides of mountains have washed away, taking with them tea gardens, farmer’s houses, and causing deaths yet to be reported. The same has happened in southern Taiwan, but I haven’t been able to get many details. One thing is certain, wulongs will be affected, and we may not see the real impact until next year. This is the second year in a row for tough weather in the tea regions of Eastern China, last year a very cold year, and this year an unprecedented typhoon season. Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.