Missoula, Montana tea company – at Jingmai Mountain tea farm

Missoula, Montana tea company – at Jingmai Mountain tea farm

Missoula, Montana tea company – at Jingmai Mountain tea farm.  It’s hard traveling in China if you don’t speak the language.  It’s imperative that you have someone write your destination in Chinese so you can show the train, or bus or taxi person where you want to go.  After leaving Kumning and heading south to Xishungbanna, a Chinese heartland of tea, we ran into a region of absolutely NO English.  Our guidebook and friends’ Chinese writing was SO important.  The bus ride to the tea farm took over 12 hours from Kunming.  This region is some of the most humid and hottest in Yunnan. A winding bus ride the next day took us to Huimin Town, where Mr. Lin, the tea farm manager and nephew of the owners, picked us up.  We were relieved to climb up into the cooler mountains.

The tea at Jingmai Mountain has been  harvested for thousands of years.  The Dai people have lived on the sacred mountain at least as long. Our friends use organic, agriforesty methods – where agriculture and forest coexist. Besides the tea having excellent flavor, this is another reason we like their tea. We stayed at the tea factory dormitory and were served spectacular tea and food and visited two of the farms tracts. Jingmai Mountain is famous in China for the ancient tea and (especially their puerh tea) trees.  The trees have been allowed to grow bigger than the typical tea bush and are hundreds of years old.

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