With many high mountains shrouded in clouds and fogs all years long which are ideal for tea growing, Lu’an, located in west Anhui, has been a main tea production area since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Guapian tea, one of the most renowned brands in Lu’an invented at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912 AD), gets the name because it looks like the shell of melon seeds.
|Tea growers in Mianchong Village of Jinzhai County are all busy with plucking tea in April and May. The village is one of the main production areas of Guapian tea.|
|At weekends, the whole family of each household would go to pick tea.|
|The picking season of Guapian tea begins at Grain Rain (around April 20) and ends before Grain Full (around May 21). One bud together with two or three leaves must be picked each time.|