05.16.2015 -27 °C
After another delicious buffet breakfast, we visited Jingci Temple. Joe Ying, our guide who is Buddhist, led this tour. He explained the purpose of the different areas of the temple and details about the statues of Buddha, his guards, his disciples, or the popular female Buddha.
The Tea Pot Factory produced tea pots but also had studios to train and develop tea pot masters. A good tea pot is used only for one kind of tea. The demonstration of well-designed tea pot features included: a smooth pouring stream, no drip at the end of pouring, you can stop the pouring by plugging the vent hole with your finger while pouring and the pot could be held 90 degrees without having the lid fall since a good lid and pot are a matched set that create a seal.
The soil and weather in this region is the key to producing the best green tea in the world at Hangzhou. The tour of Meijiawu Tea Plantation helped us to understand why green tea is so important to good health. The best tea is produced by the delicate hand picking of the young spring shoots (top three leaves only) on the tea bush but they can pick 3 crops per year. The tea leaves are dried for two hours on flat bamboo trays and then in heated metal woks and gently moved by hand to maintain the shape of the 2 leaves and new leaf bud. Tea tree oil is also produced from this plant.