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Enrich your knowledge and pleasure your palate on a private full-day tour of a tea plantation from Chengdu. Venture to the verdant splendor of Mt Mengding (Mengdingshan) and greet a local farmer to begin learning about the entire tea-making process. Listen as your knowledgeable guide translates ancient tea-making techniques and absorb the tranquil ambience and enticing aromas of the plantation. Feast upon a traditional Chinese lunch at a rustic restaurant and take home some fresh tealeaves to make your own beautiful brews. 

Highlights

  • Private tour of Mengdingshan tea plantation including tea making and tea tasting
  • Learn the entire tea-making process, from harvesting to brewing, from a local farmer
  • Admire the beautiful sights of the tea terraces in Mengdingshan
  • Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take your final tea product home with you!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and private guide are included

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What You Can Expect

Experience Chengdu: Private Tea-Making Tour of Mengdingshan Tea Plantation

Local Farmer Making Tea

Depart from your hotel in Chengdu in a private, climate-controlled vehicle and admire the scenery on the 2-hour journey to Mengdingshan. Listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the region and its tea-making traditions then disembark to enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic local restaurant. 

Revitalized, stroll towards the gorgeous greenery of the plantation and hear of the establishment’s esteemed history; as one of the earliest places in history to have cultivated tea, Mengdingshan is shrouded in legend. Greet the resident farmer and weave your way to sets of beautiful tea terrace fields while your guide directs your attention to different kinds of tea bushes.   

Watch a leaf picking demonstration the try your hand at picking the delicate leaves from the bushes before heading to the factory. Learn how to make a variety of tea types, process your freshly picked leaves, and then take home your product as a special souvenir. Bid farewell to the farmer and relax during the 2-hour journey back to Chengdu, where the tour concludes. 

Customer Reviews

vivienne b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

We certainly enjoyed this tour.
From the drive into the mountains to a tasty Sichuan home cooked meal. Tea sipping. Collecting tea flowers. All Brilliant

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Unlike all the other touristy trap, this experience is legit! All 5 stars~~I especially enjoyed sipping tea with our newly made villager friends. Real life experience.

JENNIFER K Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

When in Chengdu this tour is a must. We had to go to a different plantation because of the recent earthquake damage, but had one of the best days of our holidays. Coral our guide was one of the best we have ever had and Jerry our driver always got us there safe and sound in horrific traffic. This place was true China in the mountains. We picked our green tea with our baskets tied around our waist, then joined in frying it. The couple that owned the plantation were fantastic, did not speak English but our guide did a fantastic job and we all had a wonderful time. We then had a home cooked lunch and sat outside drinking green tea all afternoon. A few of the neighbours came wandering down to have a look at what we were laughing at and joined in as well. This was a fantastic tour, but made even better by our wonderful guide Coral.

mlefreeland

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

I'll admit I was skeptical about this tour, particularly because there was not a lot of information and no reviews. But I am so glad we still decided to go! Our tour guide was very friendly and fluent in English. She was not only incredibly informative about the tea-making process, but she also shared a valuable insight into the local culture. We traveled to a local farm (or tea plantation) where we picked tea for a little over an hour. It was hard work, but definitely an important part of the experience and really made us appreciate the process! We then were served one of the best meals on our entire trip, and the cook was very accommodating to the allergies of one of our group members. Afterwards helped roast our tea leaves on a special stove. By the end we had a nice packet of tea to take home! Unlike some "tours" in China, we were not asked to buy anything, but instead were able to simply enjoy the experience and leave with a special gift.

If you have any interest in how tea is made or want to have a more rural experience in China, I would definitely recommend this tour. The only downside was that it is fairly expensive, particularly when compared with other tours available in Chengdu. But if this is something you're passionate about (as we are), it's definitely worthwhile and the experience of a lifetime!

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