2019 China Tea Trip
Join us this Spring for our 2019 China Tea Trip — where we will visit the terroir for the world best Chinese Tea.
Join us this Spring for our 2019 China Tea Trip — where we will visit the terroir for the world’s best Chinese tea.
For two weeks, we'll take you to:
>> Historic origins of tea - PINNACLE OF TEA
>> Best tea facilities of China - MODERN TEA
>> Leading tea research universities and institutions - SCHOLARLY TEA
>> Most beautiful tea houses of China - CULTURAL TEA
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the best tea regions of China during their busy tea harvesting season, our China Tea Trip is for you.
We’ll be visiting rural tea gardens, tea factories, and the magnificent tea landscapes you’ve heard so much about.
Put your name on our waitlist to pre-book, and get a special introductory price for when booking opens!
Dates & Details
What: Join us for a trip of a lifetime, experiencing Chinese tea culture firsthand in China.
Where: We will be meeting in China, starting in Heifei, Anhui Province.
When: To Be Announced, ~ Start of May.
Who: Guided by Tea Drunk’s Shunan Teng.
Other Details: We highly recommend enrolling in our 2019 Tea Bootcamp as a primary for our 2019 Chinese Tea Trip. You can learn more details about, and book, our 2019 Tea Bootcamp in New York City here.
What to expect on our 2019 China Tea Trip:
Visit the famous tea regions of China with Tea Drunk’s Shunan Teng.
Most authentic experience of China - rural and urban.
Learn how tea is harvested and processed, hands-on.
Professionally designed curriculum on tea history, culture and science.
Taste the regional foods and culture of China.
The Ultimate Tea Vacation
Our 2019 Tea Tour in China, guided by Shunan Teng, will introduce you to the exciting world of Chinese Tea in-person.
Excellent for those who want a first-person understanding of Chinese tea culture and customs.
Our tea trip visit will take place during the peak of the 2019 Spring plucking season, which is an exciting time for anyone who has interest in tea.
The knowledge you will acquire from our tea tour is potentially more valuable than years of reading books and blogs.
To know is to experience, and we’re thrilled to experience this journey with you.
Where the Tea Tour will Visit
Our group will first meet in the city of Hefei, Anhui.
Anhui is home to many of China's most famous teas and is a convenient start for traveling to other parts of China.
Specific tea regions we will visit will depend on the tea season. The primary season for each tea is very short, only 10-15 days a year, and it is hard to know this far ahead of time. This makes dates difficult to set for our Chinese tea trip.
Due to this, some of the locations below are preliminary, and are subject to change.
2019 Tea Trip Locations
Suzhou - Known for… Bi Luo Chun
Lu An - Known for… Gua Pian, Huang Ya
Huang Shan - Known for… Mao Feng
Hang Zhou - Known for… Long Jing
Xishangbanna - Known for… Pu Er
Wu Yi Shan - Known for… Yan Cha
An Xi - Tie Guan Yin
Hefei - Anhui Agriculture University - National Key Lab of Tea Research
Hang Zhou - China Tea Research Institute
Regardless which regions we ended up visiting based on the actual tea season, this will be a trip where one develops intuitive understandings of tea through hands-on harvesting and processing.
Classroom style lectures will also be given periodically to ensure our knowledge of tea is comprehensive and structured.
What to Prepare for:
To get ready for our 2019 Chinese Tea Tour, here’s a list of what’s included — and what you’ll need to do ahead of time. If you have any questions, please reach out to us directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (917) 573-9936.
Some teas to take home (if this is a sourcing trip for you, please let us know and we'll accommodate accordingly.)
Classes and tours of tea research facilities and tea houses
What's not included:
Required: Flights to & from Hefei, China — at the beginning and end of the trip.
Required: Chinese Visa (please plan ahead in getting your visa, but let us know if you need a letter, usually not needed.)
Highly suggested: We will be holding an intensive week-long Tea Bootcamp prior to departing for the Chinese Tea Trip. This will give you a deep understanding that will allow you to fully appreciate the Tea Trip.
Tourist destinations and tickets (unless it's tea related and part of this trip.)
What to Bring:
Be sure to pack light, as you will need to carry your own belongings in some of the rural areas of China.
We recommend bringing a small first aid kit, entertainment while in transit, and space in your bag to bring back tea and souvenirs.
Fine Print & Expectations:
This is an adventurous trip that involves medium-level hiking and riding on bumpy roads.
We might stay at the farmers' houses when needed, which are NOT hotels and have primitive toilet systems.
Tea season is intense, when the producers work around the clock to make the world's most prized teas in a short time frame.
Because of this, a lot activities might take place very early in the morning and late in the evening.
Please consider your own health conditions, as well as level of tolerance prior to signing up for our China tea trip.
We have to conduct an in-person or Skype interview once you sign up.
This is to ensure we have mutual understandings of the challenges and expectations of the trip.
Some of the tea regions produce very expensive teas, and we ask everyone to be respectful of the farmers work and properties.
For example, if we are lucky to be there at the right time when some valuable lots or varietals are being processed (which we can’t predict, because once we are in tea country, we are on tea’s schedule) we'll ask everyone to only observe from a distance and not cause interruption in the crafting of a $200k/barrel tea.
Please don't feel excluded, as we'll have curated experiences for everyone to be hands-on.
Tea making can also be boring if you are not super into nuanced development of tea's aroma and texture in relation to temperature and moisture of a specific location and time.
Traditional tea making relies a lot on nature.
We wait on tea A LOT.
To prepare for our expedition, we will be holding a week long intensive bootcamp in February.
While it is not mandatory to attend, it is highly suggested so you will fully appreciate the trip.
Details of the Tea Bootcamp can be found here.
Chinese people smoke a lot. Tea farmers smoke even more.
Please don't take offense when many places do not have a non-smoking environment.
Cities and modern tea facilities will be much better accommodating.
We'll make sure to have a good mix of all aspects of tea and China to give everyone a comprehensive understanding of tea.
Pre-Book the Tea Tour!
We are offering an introductory price of $5,000.
2019 Trip Dates: TBD, Approximately Begging of May.
Click below to get on the waitlist for our 2019 Chinese Tea Tour.
We’ll contact you via email when we start accepting bookings — you’ll be the first to know and get our special introductory price.