Longjing Tea (龙井茶, Lóngjǐng Chá)

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Longjing Tea (龙井茶, Lóngjǐng Chá)

Postby long_way » Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:13 pm

Longjing Tea (or "Dragon Well" tea) is believed to be one of the best varieties of the Chinese green tea. It is also my favorite type of green tea.

The taste is fairly strong (that, of course, depends on how much tea-leaves you use, but generally, the taste is stronger than many other kinds of green tea). To me the taste resembles the taste of Aspirin plus hazelnuts :)

This variety of green tea is grown in Hangzhou near Shanghai, so if you are in that area you may even visit the village with the same name (Dragon Well) just 15-20 minutes away from Hangzhou, which is a tourist trap; the tea that they sell is much more expensive than the same type and quality of tea if bought in Shanghai at a regular supermarket, for example.

Check out this Wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longjing_tea

Longjing Tea is sold in specialized tea shops, in supermarkets and even on the street.

NEVER BUY TEA LEAVES ON THE STREET BECAUSE CASES OF FAKE TEA SOLD ON THE STREET HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE MEDIA IN SHANGHAI!!!

After all YOU will drink it, make sure you know what's in your tea-pot!

What I would recommend is that you buy Longjing Tea in a regular supermarket; the quality will be good and the price reasonable. You just need to learn how to recognize different grades/classes of tea. Yes, more expensive usually means better quality but in the next a couple of pictures I will show you what you need to look for.

This is "Farmer's and Worker's Market" in Pudong (Shanghai) where I bought my tea:

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... rker-1.jpg

There are several brands that you can choose from:

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... kers_a.jpg

Look for the Chinese characters like "Yi Ji" (一级) which means "First Class" or "First Grade") If you want to buy second class then it would be written "二级" of course. Take a look at the picture:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2151/225 ... 8ec9_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2215/225 ... c7a0_b.jpg

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The best tea-pots are made in a city called Yixing, which is not that far from Shanghai (check out this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yixing_clay_teapot ) but you can buy them in most if not all specialized shops that sell tea and teapots:

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... pots_1.jpg

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... pots_2.jpg

A good teapot can be bought for 200-300 RMB (a bit less than $50) but even for 50-100 RMB you can buy nice ones. Should I mention that there is abundance of fake Yixing teapots?

Tea sold at one of "Carrefour" supermarkets (Pudong/Shanghai):

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... dong_9.jpg

This is how a modern Chinese tea-house looks like (again Pudong/Shanghai area):

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... ong_37.jpg

This is one of the stores which specializes in selling tea (teapots and other tea related utensils). This store is located in Pudong area of Shanghai:

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... ong_31.jpg

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj12 ... ong_30.jpg
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