Shunan sits on top of Lu Shan with a cup of tea looking over the fog which passes below her. The thick fog covers the earth below giving Shunan the feeling she could step off the mountain and walk to the peaks she sees in the distance.
The trek up Lu Shan was new for Shunan. An area she hasn’t been before, Lu Shan is one of the coldest tea regions she has visited due to the high elevation. Through the thick fog that rests on the path, you can hear the gentle crunch of ice slipping off the trees. This fog is what gives Lu Shan tea the title “fog tea”. In the past, scholars and rulers would make this trek to show their devotion to their job. A climb like this is not for the weak of heart.
Below the peak are the tea fields. The locals rate the tea by how foggy the growing area is; the foggier the better. Since the location is more north than most tea regions and at a higher elevation, the cold prolongs the tea from budding. The old variety is not picked till April 5th, which is the cut off date for picking other teas.
Lu Shan has both old variety and new variety teas. In this case though, the old variety gives a better yield then the new variety. While the government gives incentives to grow the new variety the locals secretly keep to the old variety.
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