Notes from the Field: Tea Adventures Nine Bend River

It’s not bad to be a tourist at Wuyi, rafting gently down the Nine Bend River that carries you in sight of all the unique rock formations that are Wuyi Shan. Vegetation, and tea bushes for that matter, often grown stubbornly atop these bare, bold rock surfaces. One can appreciate just how much strength is needed to extract minerals out of these rocks, to fight for the trickles of water that might descend, and to produce tea leaves. Even more amazing, who picks and harvests these leaves? Local harvesters do not have harnesses for rock climbing, and it’s not a sport. Given this perspective, one can glimpse the value and uniqueness of the teas from this region, particularly the truly cliff grown teas!

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