Roy's Plans for a 2011 Tea Tour Start to Firm Up

Roy has drafted an itinerary for a 2011 Tea Tour focusing on Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces, the home of some of China's most spectacular oolong and green tea producing regions. Traveling with Roy into increasingly rare pockets of traditional China and leveraging his almost 30 years of experiences and relationships, the tour offers tea lovers a view of China that cannot be duplicated, even with a private tour guide. Those who have accompanied Roy in the past agree that it's an extraordinary opportunity to expand your horizons and change your perceptions of the world.

While dates aren't final, the trip will be in the latter half of September. It will begin and end in major cities, but tea-oriented destinations include three days in the Hangzhou region, where we'll pick and process green tea and then enjoy the incomparable pleasure of drinking newly made tea while drifting in a Dragon Boat on tranquil West Lake, relaxing as musicians play Chinese classical music.

Next the scene will shift to Fujian where there will be a stopover in the capital, Fuzhou, to visit the province's premier Buddhist temple, Yongquan Si, and savor a vegetarian feast in the temple's fine restaurant. Then the trip will climax in Wu Yi Shan, home of the renowned oolong varieties known as yan cha. We'll take a long hike scrambling through tea fields and rice paddies to reach a rustic old tea farm whose homestead incorporates a centuries-old temple. There we'll drink farm-fresh oolong tea by the bowl and fortify with a home-cooked meal of just-harvested ingredients before climbing up to the tea fields to pick yan cha. Later we'll help bring our tea down the mountain to the processing facility, where Roy will give a tutorial in producing oolong.

More details will be available later this month. Send an email if you'd like to learn more.