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Tea trip in Sichuan [ Tour Code: EL- ACD- 003 ]

Day01  Chendu  -Ya'an

Deep in the mountains of Southwestern China's Sichuan and Yunnan Province, The legendary "Tea and Horse
Road" was once the trail Chinese tea and Tibetan horses were traded. It begins from Sichuan, runs along the
eastern foothills of the Hengduan Mountains, a centre of tea production in China, crosses the Hengduan
Mountains and deep canyons of several major rivers, such as the Yarlong, the Golden Sand (upper Yangtze), the
Mekong, and the Salween, before finally reaching the Himalayas. Ya'an in Western Sichuan is long acclaimed as
the major Pressed Tea Brick (belongs to aged Dark Tea) production base for the Tibetans on the Tea and Horse
Road since centuries ago. Dive to Ya'an for a trip to local Museum(Tibetan Tea Museum) with a lot of exhibits on
the ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Route. Overnight in Ya'an.   


Day02  Ya'an    Ya’an
Tea Factory visit, Dark

Today is all about the teas in around
Ya'an area. When thinking of Dark Tea,
most people think Pu'er, but a visit to
Ya'an is surely a big surprise. Pu'er is
actually a small sub-division of China's
Dark Tea, a category that requires a
secondary fermentation, also called a
post-production process. Dark Tea is
commonly known to have the function of
aiding digestion and revitalizing energy,
and it has been a daily drink of the
Tibetans for over a thousand years. In
comparison with Pu'er, Tibetan Dark Tea
here in Ya'an is much less known to the
outside world. This morning we shall
unveil the mystery and introduce
Sichuan's Tibetan Dark Tea at the 470-
year-old Ya'an Tea Factory. Walk in with
factory staff to learn how the Dark Tea is

processed and made. Sample the Tibetan Dark Tea that tastes good and has a lot of health benefits. Then we
depart for a Black Clay Pottery Workshop in a Ya'an Suburb. Prevailed from late Ming Era, Yixing Teapots or Zhi
Sha Hu (Purple Sand Tea pots) in Eastern China's Jiangsu Province, are considered by many as the ideal tool to
brew teas. While here in Sichuan, the Black Clay Pottery is actually has much longer history than the Yixing
Teapots and serve equally good for teas. The Black Clay Tea pots are of simplicity charm. The artists shall show
us how to make a pot and how to use the teapot brewing different types of teas. In the afternoon we spend some
good time at the campus of Sichuan Agricultural University, a premier academic organization for tea studies.
Meet with one of their professor who shall give us lecture on Chinese Tea Culture and the tea cultivation in
ancient and modern China. Overnight in Ya'an.

Day03  Ya'an-
Qionglai    Mengding
Yellow Buds Tea and
Ganlu(Green Tea), Tea

Our major activity for today is Mengding
Mountain. According to the bible of tea,
the book "The Classic of Tea" by Lu Yu,
a Chinese Tang Dynasty writer, and
many other historical materials,
Mengding Mountain in Ya'an is the
original place of cultivated teas with a
history of more than two thousand years
in tea planting, tea making and tea
sipping art. Mengding teas are famous
for its Tribute Teas called Mengding
Yellow Buds Tea (Yellow Tea) and
Mengding Ganlu (Green Tea)
. We shall
trek around the greenery of tea
plantation and picking the delicate
leaves from the bushes and get back to
the home of a small-size producer who
shall demonstrate the traditional crafting
techniques in processing the newly
picked tea leaves (real artisanal tea). Sample some Mengding artisanal Yellow and Green Teas at the tea
producer's home  on the mountain. Visit Tea Culture Museum in Mengdingshan mountain. In the afternoon we
take some walking to explore some more tea gardens including the Emperor's Tribute Tea Garden and age-old
building complex of Buddhist temples. Later of the day we travel to Qionglai (whose old name is Lin Qiong), one
of Sichuan's historical town. Overnight in Qionglai.

Day04  Qionglai - Dayi
: Jasmin flower Tea,
Taoist Temple Tea

Qionglai is nowadays noted for its high
quality production of Jasmine
Tea/Flower Tea
and Green Tea. We
head to the tea plantation of a local tea
producer, walk through the fields and
survey the terroir and the micro-climate it
adheres. Getting back the factory, we will
find out how this popular flower tea is
made both by the traditional and modern
technology. The factory tea technician
shall share with us how to distinguish
the tea quality and grades. After that we
depart for Dayi, one of the origin place of
China's indigenous Taoism. Travel to
the Singing Crane Mountain area to find
out some tea gardens where the native
people have been making "Taoist
Temple Tea"
(green tea) connected with

Taoist health-maintain thoughts for over a millennium. Proceed to our hotel at An Ren Ancient Town. Overnight at
Dayi An Ren


Day05  Dayi – Mount
Qingcheng : Sichuan
Pipa Green Tea ,
Sichuan Tea

Travel in the Qionglai Mountain Range, one of the major natural habitat for the Giant Pandas. We trek up into a
forest to see the old wild tea plant of Pipa Cha, which is a type of Green Tea. We walk through the cultivated tea
bushes and have Pipa Cha with the local tea growers. Then we proceed through JieZi Ancient Town to the
verdant Qingcheng Shan (Mount.Qingcheng), a UNESCO World Heritage site noted for its splendid Taoist culture
and astonishing natural scenery. Overnight at Mount Qingcheng.

Day06  Mount.Qingcheng :
Qingcheng Taoist Tea

In the morning we walk up the
Qingcheng Mountain
and visit Taoist
Temples such as Tianshi Cave and
Shangqing Palace. Learn the Taoist
philosophy in particular the methods to
maintain health. For sure we will drink
"Taoist Temple Tea" and enjoy a Taoist
vegetarian lunch on the mountain. In the
afternoon we drive to the Taoist Temple
Tea Garden to learn more of this unique
tea and its culture. Sample some more
"Taoist Temple Tea" at the tea garden.
Transfer to our hotel in Dujiangyan City.

Dujiangyan - Chengdu

Drive to Chengdu take flight to Shantou Jieyang airport.

B:Breakfast  L:Lunch  D:Dinner

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