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http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_70e5292b0102vfkk.html CECP Tea Culture Camp Yangloudong China April 14 2015 A part of CECP project--- Protecting China’s traditional villages A united event of CECP and WuhanTime.com Itinerary: Date: April 14 2015 7:30 Meet at Chutianyuehai hotel (Opposite Hubei Provincial museum) take bus 9:30 Study the traditional black tea making in Zhaoliqiao Tea plant 11:00 Tea picking 12:30 Lunch at the tea farm 13:30 Visit ‘Zhiqing’ houses study tea making and tasting 15:00 Visit the old street of Yangloudong 18:00 Return to Wuhan 20:30 Arrive at Wuhan Cost: 200rmb/per person including bus transportation lunch guiding and interpretation CECP badge. 10rmb of which will be used to buy sign boards for the tea plant and the village. These places will become CECP cultural protection bases. Seats are limited. Please kindly email to cecporg@126.com or wuhantime.com@gmail.com to RSVP before April 7th. Yang CECP Brief Introduction of Yangloudong Located at the hub of the junction of Hunan and Hubei of China Yangloudong is one of the "Six Ancient Towns of Chibi City" and the origin of "Songfeng Tea". She is well known as the "Brick Tea Town of China"! Since the Taihe years of Tang Dynasty when there was an Imperial edict called on planting camellia in large scale the local began to cultivate and process tea. In Song Dynasty the brick tea was once used as a currency for tea-horse trading with Inner Mongolia. In early Jiajing years of Ming Dynasty the tea industry had been developed very well and the market-town was booming. In the most prosperous period there were more than 200 tea firms and a population of nearly 40000. The ancient town once had 5 main streets and about 100 shops and hotels. At that time the "Dong Tea" exported overseas Yangloudong which was called "Small Hankou" became a great tea market of China. With buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasties there are Heritage Streets remain at the ancient town. The main street is 4 meters wide 2200 meters long with several T-shaped alleys and the construction area of the ancient street is 0.7 square kilometers. The whole pavement of the street was built with bluestones and the wheelbarrows (transport the tea) of successive dynasties rolled the street with deep grooves. In eastwest of the town there are pillar-supported wood houses near the Songfeng River and 3 stone bridges through east and west. It's very unique style that the street zigzags with the Songfeng River. In eastsouth at the foot of Mt. Songfeng there is a famous spring named Guanyin Spring the water clear and sweet is always the best choice for making tea. As an epitome of China tea industry development history The ancient street of Yangloudong was listed as architectural heritage at city level for preservation in 1996 and was listed as provincial level in 2002. Yangloudong one of the places where tea culture was formed in China more than 1000 years ago and was called the starting point of the Euro-Asia tea road as the Russian tea companies ruling the tea trade between Russia and China purchased most of their tea leaves here around 100 years ago. After the nationalization in 1950s most of the tea plants in the village were shut down and the village became quiet since then. The old shops and houses are now the residence of farmers. Like most old villages in China they barely have any knowledge of the history of the village. During cultural revolution many young people in the city were sent to work here in the farm. They are called 'Zhiqing' (Young intellectuals) and we can still find many of their old belongings in the farm. Today the tea culture is prospering again in China the tea made here is gradually gaining back its reputation though I think it still can not compete with Longjin or Tie Kwanyin. (Has the potential though) ::Click ::Click ::Click ::Click http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_70e5292b0102vd6c.html
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