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Yunnan Tour 2011

Seven Cups Yunnan Tea Tour Days 4 and 5   I got an email yesterday from a friend who asked me what had happened to the rest of the Yunnan Tour blog postings.  Well, I have been home just for a couple of days and am just starting to get back in the swing of things… // MORE





80 year old tea picker's hands

Seven Cups Tea Tour Day One

We started off this year’s green tea/wulong tea tour on a beautiful spring morning. Our first stop was the Lu Yu Tribute Tea Factory Museum. During the Tang Dynasty there were 20,000 people involved in the factory, and all of the tea produced was for the consumption of the court. Production only lasted for about a month.


Seven Cups Green Tea Tour Day 3

Our little band of travlers made it to Jiangsu Province today to visit the gardens where Bi Luo Chun is grown. Bi Luo Chun is one of the most prized Chinese green teas. The growing area is small and this tea is often faked. The real thing however is spectacular.





Puer Tea Tour Day 6

We spent day 6 in the refurbished Cha Ma Shi Jinggu Puer Factory making a 50 kilo Golden Melon, and then playing a great game of basketball with the factory team.







Puer Tour Day 4

In the morning we drove to Youle. Youle is another one of the ‘Six Famous Mountains’ famous for it’s puer tea. We all got to make our own cakes and drank a lot of tea. Cha Ma Shi has six of these small factories scatter around the puer growing area of Yunnan.  Here are some… // MORE


Puer Tea Tour Day Three Photo's

Sorry to be behind in blogging this trip. We have been in places where there were no internet connections and my Blackberry didn’t work. Here are some photos to catch up. The people in the the shots are Kevin Rose, Glenn McElhose, David Dixon, Tim Bowen, Tim Ferriss, Christine Bartelt, Andy Laub, and me. I’ll… // MORE


Puer tour day 3

This morning we left for Yiwu Village after spending the night in the Yunnan Botanical Gardens. Our small bus blew out its clutch in the old city of Puer where we had stopped for dinner. We got another bus and drove to there Botanical Gardens and made it to bed around midnight. We had breakfast… // MORE


Puer tea tour day 2

We climbed on our bus this morning and headed south. At the end of the drive today we will be on the border of Laos, in a small village named Yiwu Village. Yiwu is one of the 6 famous mountains in the Xishuagnanna area. We had lunch in Ganzhuang, a small village, at a restaurant… // MORE


Puer tea tour day 1 continued

The day was spent at the airport and drinking tea at Cha Ma Si. Kevin, Glen, and Tim’s flight had been diverted to Mongolia because of weather and they missed the connecting flight to Kunming. They ended up on the same plane as Christine, Tim, David,and. Andy. The Tucson people’s baggage arrived late. Tim needed… // MORE


Another 4am morning on the puer tour

This is when jet lag gets me the first couple of days, predawn I’m wide awake. We spent last night going over the plans with Mr Hu and Mr We. Since this type of tour has never been done before, there are a lot of negotiations. Zhuping has already spent a lot of time in… // MORE