November 20, 2015

Summer Vacation | China Trip Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea

China Travel

Here’s another break from wedding blogging to put *something* up here to help the Google-fu SEO along. Also it’s a good time for me to take a break while I wait for Lightroom to ingest this Nikkah that I’m editing and generate previews so I can actually get to work! Back to China in the Summer as Winter approaches us here in New York, Day 8 was particularly hot as we set out to explore more of the area around Wuyi Mountain and another “ancient town” around China, Heping. After hanging out in the police station, yes the police station, we swung by the Xigua Tea company’s factory for some tea demonstration and tasting at the new facility. Again, this blog post was photographed with the only camera I took with me to China, the Sony A7ii with the 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens and the 16-35mm f/4 OSS Zeiss lens.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Entrance to the old town of Heping.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

View from one of the city walls, to how people actually live in this area of China.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Walking down an old famous shopping street to see another familiar sight, Chinese tourists in heels.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Click this read more link if you are reading from the main /blog page, otherwise just keep scrolling for more Sony A7ii photos from China!

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Around the town of Heping.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Miles with his cousin, Aunt, and Grandfather at the police station in Heping.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Tea tasting at Xigua.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Pouring some fresh tea that I think was extremely expensive!

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Chinese tea ceremony for the preparation by the Xigua ladies.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

The view from outside the Xigua factory was pretty awesome to see the surrounding countryside and mountains of Wuyi.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Inside the factory, which during the off-season is not currently processing tea as it is not the picking season.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Preparing the outside of the Xigua factory to grow tea on sight and to prepare to host some big tea conference.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Roasting tea by hand.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

It was extremely hot in this room, the fire/heat is underneath the pots.

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Super fresh tea!

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Xigua factory tour!

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

Summer Vacation Blog | China 2015 Day 8 | Heping & Xigua Tea Tasting

And that was Day 8 for us! I remember it just being soooooo hot when we were out in Heping walking around, getting absolutely drenched in sweat during the Chinese Summer!

SHARE
Related Posts
Featured
New York City Christmas 2015 | Sony A7ii Travel Photography
New York City Christmas Even with this unseasonably warm Winter, it still looks like Christmas all around New York City! With the holiday displays in the windows and the lights installations around Manhattan, you can't help but feel the holiday magic (even if it's 60 degrees outside)! Being a Floridian at heart I think I'll take this warm weather, but I did wish we had a White Christmas this year for Miles to see =). All photos taken here with the Sony A7ii and Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS lens of course! Bryant Park's fountain has not frozen yet, and the Winter Village with ice skating is full of people for the holidays! ...
READ MORE
Summer Vacation | China Trip 2015 Day 7 | Wuyi Rafting & Hiking Heaven-Traveling Peak
Day 7 of our China adventure kept us in the Wuyi mountains of Fujian province, this time starting off with some rafting in the morning before things got too hot and then MORE hiking after lunch! We braved "Heaven-Traveling Peak" which is touted as the No. 1 scenic spot in Wuyi, beautiful view - way too many steps to climb! Riverside raft launching Miles looking cool in his sunglasses and Thomas hat as we depart on our raft. Our "captain" pulled over and gave us some shore time to explore a little outcropping - but I think it was more for them to have a smoke break, lol! ...
READ MORE
Summer Vacation | China Trip 2015 Day 6 | Wuyi Mountain Hiking
Day 6 of our China Summer Vacation series! We started with exploring the natural beauty of the Wuyi Mountain area which is a famous area in China for the mountain range. Basically a National Park like we have in the US, super popular with tourists for it's beauty and clean air... and of course it's tea! So yeah, tea is huge in China, very hard for me to find some morning coffee anywhere in China but especially here in Wuyi where tea is king :). For our Sixth day in China we began exploring the hiking trails of Wuyi, winding through the mountains and next to tea growing freely next to you. Today on Day 6 we did some light introductory trails, ...
READ MORE