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The Tea Culture Tour

Highlights

  •  Explore the Maritime Silk Road Art Park - Asia
  •  Visit the Three and the Tea Culture Museum and experience the Tea Ceremony
  •  Admire the Cloud's Nest panorama
  •  Go on a raft on the Jiuquxi, Nine Bend Stream
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Overview

One of the most characteristic tours of China. You have the opportunity to dive into the ancient Chinese tea culture. From Museums to natural scenery where some of the rarest tea plantations are still grown. Starting from the Maritime Silk Road Art Park to discover the development of Silk Road trade, you will explore the whole area surrounding Wuyi Mountain and admire all its natural beauties and hidden treasures. This is a very special tour for connoisseurs and long-time travellers who like the less travelled path and wish to discover a hidden but important side of China.

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If you wish to know more about this fascinating culture read our blog's article Chinese Tea Culture

If you wish to stay in China for longer, remember that this short-tour with our Pick & Mix can be combined with any other tour to a different destination!

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Price includes

* Transportation in private vehicle with excellent English speaking guide
* Entrance fees to all sightseeing areas and museums with service of local English speaking guide
* Meals as specified: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner
* Services of professional English-speaking local Tour Manager and guides 

 

Not Included

* International flights
* Travel Insurance
* Gratuities
* Meals and drinks not specified
* Not specified sightseeing destinations
* Personal expenses, i.e. Laundry, communication, use of the internet, souvenirs
* Chinese visa

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The Tea Culture Tour

The Tea Culture Tour

Day 1
Quanzhou

Visit Kaiyuan Temple (East-West Twin Towers), Maritime Silk Road Art Park - Asia. Asian and world's first "sea-themed" large-scale art park. It is built on an area of 1069 acres dedicated to cultural integration, economic development through the maritime routes of the ancient Silk Road, it displays also a complete picture of the Asian countries along the sea history, civilization and art traditions. The park also includes many sculptures, an eye-catching red house built in the traditional Fujian architectural style and is often chosen for holding exhibitions. Enjoy a welcome dinner. Spend the night in a 4-star hotel Quanzhou for one night. (L)

Day 2
Anxi, Wuyi Mountain

Drive for around one hour to Anxi. Visit Three and the Tea Culture Museum, attend a traditional tea ceremony to experience the real Chinese tea culture. This in Anxi is the largest museum dedicated to tea tradition, is also one of the most important unique for Chinese tradition. The museum uses ingenious architectures and hosts a number of different priceless relics to trace Chinese history. The main sections are focused on tea history, tea culture, tea culture collections, "thousands of pots" Museum and other five exhibitions. Have lunch at local tea restaurant. Take the bullet train G1670 (15:25/17:55) to Wuyi Mountain. After the Farm Banquet drive to 4-star hotel in Wuyi. (BL)

Day 3
Wuyi Mountain

Visit Tianyou scenic area also called Cloud's Nest. This picturesque name comes from the mist and clouds coming out of the numerous caves during spring and autumn mornings and evenings, now moving among the peaks, now gathering together, and now scattering. With an area of four sq km, this scenic area includes Tianyou Peak, the Tea Cave, Yuhua Peak, Snowflake Spring, Immortal Bathing Pond, Huma Ravine and Yilan Pavilion. There are ten towering peaks surrounded by clouds and mist. It is much taller than the other peaks and from the summit is possible to admire the magnificent panorama of Jiuquxi (the Nine Bend Stream). The Cloud's Nest is surrounded by some famous rocks, such as Whistling Rock and Red Stove Rock, and faces a stream. It is recognised as the most beautiful spot in the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area. (BL) Tianyou Peak is located in the center of the Wuyishan Scenic Area.

Day 4
Wuyi Mountain

Visit Jiuquxi or the Nine Bend Stream. Jiuquxi is the most distinctive tourist attraction in Wuyi Mountain area. The river is located to the east of Wuyishan City and can be easily accessed by tour bus. The rafting is usually done on a bamboo raft with wooden chairs for passengers to sit. There are other types of rafting available also, but they are not as common or as authentic. The waters of the river are usually very calm and ideal for taking pictures or just admiring the scenery. You will also visit the ancient Song streets and Wuyi Palace, the oldest palace on Wuyi mountain, built between 742 AD and 755 AD and one of the most important Taoist Temples built during the Song Dynasty. (BL)

Day 5
Wuyi Mountain Haiphong Area

This name originates from the scenic area's Haiphong trees, which grow in the northern Cloud nest. The big red mother trees with only a few lines are extremely rare. The main attractions in the area include the byre pit, Dongle temple, Haiphong, three flowers, Hinayana, Lei Deng Ma Wu Dong, Du Xian. In the early 1980s, Dahongpao mother trees were more common and plantations were quite extended. Nowadays, Dahongpao trees have become rare and are preserved in Wuyi Mountain World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. The traditional processing technology of Dahongpao tea production was elected among the first National Intangible Cultural Heritage and now is a candidate to become a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. (BL)

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