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

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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!

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