Dragon Well tea village 梅家坞

After West Lake and the park, we visited tea village of 梅家坞 Meijia Wu Youtube video

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According to wiki, there are four tiers of tea:

西湖龙井在生态条件和炒制工艺上被按产地分为狮,龙,云,虎四大类:

狮为龙井村狮子峰一带,包括以狮子峰为中心的胡公庙、龙井村、上天竺、棋盘山一带,此处出产的西湖龙井被称为狮峰龙井,是西湖龙井中的上品,香气纯,颜色为“糙米色”;
龙为翁家山、杨梅岭、上下满觉陇、白鹤峰一带,此处出产被称为石屋四山龙井,其中翁家山所产可以媲美狮峰龙井;
云为云栖、梅家坞、十里琅铛之西、五云山一带,是西湖龙井产量最大的地区。此处出产被称为梅坞龙井,色泽翠绿,外形美观;
虎为虎跑、四眼井、赤山埠、三台山一带,后来又包括了其他一些湖边平地的茶园。

只有这四个地方出产的龙井茶才有资格称为西湖龙井,在销售的包装上,会贴有原产地地理标志,注明西湖产区,并且贴有杭州市质量监督局的二维防伪条码,如果是明前茶,往往还会附有炒制者的姓名。西湖产区在地图上东起虎跑、西至何家村,北起老东岳,南至浮山,共168平方千米。

离开西湖产区的龙井茶曾经被称为湘湖旗枪,现在被称为浙江龙井,主要有杭州临安、富阳、萧山一带的钱塘产区和绍兴的越州产区等。钱塘产区的龙井亦被业内称为钱塘龙井。

According to this lady tour guide, she claimed that Meijia Wu has the best terrain among five villages.

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We did tea tasting. The teas they were trying to sell, was so so because the leaves were ugly, and broken up. The good dragon well tea’s leaves are whole and large. I didn’t buy but my cousin did. The tour guide kept encouraging us to charge the purchase to our USA credit cards and promised that they would pay for the transaction fee. I made other purchases on the tour and when I looked at my cc statement, did I realize they charged as a US$ denomination merchant.

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Out side of our hotel room, we found a marriage certificate. I handed it to the front desk and hope they’ll find its owner. (in storage)


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