Tea Mountain in Fujian Province
This was a place i was so looking forward to. The reviews were really positive and i thought city folks like us would gain so much by it. It was a house in a small village surrounded by tea plantations. We were told it was harvest season and we would learn much about the process, be introduced to this village life and enjoy hiking around. Unfortunatetly, it was not what happened. I think because i spoke some Mandarin, they assume it would be fine with just the father who i didn't even know was hosting us. I've been in communication with his daughters. He was welcoming and generous with making us meals but a lot was lost in translation. It took 2 1/2 hrs to drive here. A scenic drive that revealed mountain after mountain of tea plantations. We did tour around town the next day, but he showed no interest in lingering to explain what the farmers/workers were doing with the tea. In fact, he rushed us out of places and kept us walking. We never did visit any fields and mainly stayed around the house. There were a lot of bugs indoor especially mosquitoes but the windows had glass missing and no screens so i dont understand the discrepancy between reviews and reality and why our experience was so different from the others. Finally, with WiFi not working most of the time, we could not plan for the rest of the week during which we needed to book buses and trains to cross the border to Vietnam so after 2 days, we said our Thank yous and Good bye.
We took walks both on our own as well as with our host. It really is a beautiful place.
The thing we did most was sit around the table and drank Oolong tea. Eli and Lucy, in particular really took a liking to it!
The day we left, we went for one more walk about the area to say goodbye.
One last meal from our host who generously feeds us
One more sitting of tea.
One more playful climb