We left Lincang for Fengqing country. Fengqing is the origin of Yunnan black tea, and the old government factory of Dian Hong. The last time I had visited it had still been run by the government, 4 years ago, but now had become a private company.
We had a beautiful drive in the morning, all the roads being paved, less muddy for the guy herding his animals, and arrived in Fengqing about lunch time. We took a little rest and visited the old Dian Hong factory in the afternoon. The Dian Hong company also has a research center with two hundred varietals of tea bushes. I would have liked to have been able to spend some more time collecting leaf samples to press. It was a real thrill to see their collection.
The company treated us to dinner, and we walked around town in the evening. Christine danced with the local ladies getting their exercise, and we found the farmers market, deserted for the evening. The hotel was rocking with karaoke last into the night, but we all got a good rest, well mostly.