The World Is a Tea Party Presents: Your Guide to Some Teas of China – Other Green Teas

In addition to Longjing and Jasmine green teas, a number of others originate in China.

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See also: Flavors Compared: Chinese Green Tea vs. from Japanese Green Tea

About Some Provinces

Anhui Province (“Anwei”,安徽)

Anhui Province covers two major tea productions areas. Southern Anhui falls to the south of the Yangtze River tea production area while Northern Anhui belongs to the north of the Yangtze tea production area. According to the Annals of Huizhou Prefecture (present-day North Anhui Province), the tea plantation in Mt. Huangshan started in the Song Dynasty, and then thrived in the Ming Dynasty.

Tea plantations are mainly distributed in:

  • Huangshan
  • Jiuhuashan
  • Dabieshan
  • Other mountains
Today, famous green tea types include:

  • Huang Shan Mao Feng
  • Tai Ping Hou Kui
  • Yong Xi Huo Qing

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Located in the south China tea production area. The long history of its tea plantation is recorded in the Classic of Tea by Lu Yu of the Tang Dynasty.

Tea plantations mainly in:

  • Guiping
  • Lingping
  • Guilin
  • Zhaoping
  • Lingshan
  • Wuzhou
Major brands include:

  • Gui Ping Xi Shan Cha
  • Nan Shan Bai Mao Cha
  • Gui Lin Mao Jian
  • Ling Yun Bai

Guizhou Province (贵州省)

Located in the southwest tea production area in the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau of southwest China.

Green teas made in counties/cities:

  • Meitan
  • Liping
  • Shuicheng
  • Liupanshui
  • Guiding
  • Guiyang
  • Luodian
  • Duoyun
  • Fenggang
Famous tea types include:

  • Du Yun Mao Jian
  • Zun Yi Mao Feng
  • Guiding Yun Wu
  • Dong Po Mao Jian
  • Feng Gang Fu Xi

Henan Province (河南)

Located in the tea production area of the north Yangtze River. In its long history, it is recorded that the tea plant was grown as early as 1,200 years ago.

Production mainly concentrated in these counties:

  • Huangchuan
  • Luoshan
  • Guangshan
  • Guchi
  • Shangcheng
  • Tongwu and Miyang of Xinyang Prefecture
Famous brands include:

  • Xin Yang Mao Jian in Xinyang County (best-known green tea brand)
  • Yun Ya Cui Hao in Huangchan county
  • Yang Tian Xue Lv in Guchi county
  • Jing Gang Bi Lv in Shangcheng county
  • Tai Bai Yin Feng in Tongwu county

Hunan Province (湖南)

Located south of the Yangtze River. One of the major green tea production areas in China. The green tea is rich in element composition,with a strong and refreshing taste.

Major tea plantations in cities or prefectures such as:

  • Changsha
  • Changde
  • Henyang
  • Yueyang
  • Yiyang
  • Binzhou
Famous tea types include:

  • Gao Qiao Yin Feng
  • Xiang Bo Lv
  • An Hua Song Zhen
  • Dong Ting Chun Ya
  • Lan Ling Mao Jian
  • Gui Dong Ling Long
  • Nan Yue Yun Wu
  • Jiang Hua Gu Cha
  • Zi Xing Gou Nao Tribute Tea
  • Tao Yuan Wild Tea
  • Jie Tan Cha

Jiangsu Province (“Kiangsu”, 江苏省)

Well-known for its prominent landscape of rivers and lakes, Jiangsu Province boasts two tea production areas in the north and south, bifurcated by the Yangtze River.

Main green tea plantations are:

  • Suzhou, Nanjing
  • Zhenjiang
  • Wuxi
  • Changshou
  • Yangzhou
Major famous teas are:

  • Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun
  • Nan Jing Yu Hua
  • Yang Xian Xue Ya
  • Li Yang Cui Bai
  • Wu Xi Hao Tea
  • Tai Hu Cui Zhu
  • Jing Tan

Jiangxi Province (江西省)

In the tea production area south of the Yangtze River. The province mainly produces green tea.

Tea plantations mainly among mountains ranges, such as:

  • Jinggang
  • Lushan
  • Dazhang
  • Jiuling

And these counties:

  • Wuyuan
  • Ningdu
  • Xiushui
  • Shangyou
  • Nanchang
Major green tea types include:

  • Lu Shan Yun Wu Tea
  • Wu Yuan Ming Mei Tea
  • Xiao Bu Yan Tea
  • Shuang Jian Green Tea
  • Gou Gu Nao Tea
  • Shang Rao Bai Meng Tea

Shandong Province

Located on the north bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Shandong Province is in the north Yangtze River tea production area. Generally considered non-tea-producing province, in fact, tea production started in the 1970s. The high-quality spring tea, characterized by strong taste, pure and clean liquid and lasting aftertaste, is typically Ri Zhao Green Tea.

Today, the tea production areas are:

  • Laoshan
  • Rizhao
  • Chunanyimeng
The famous tea types include:

  • Lao Shan Green Tea
  • Ri Zhao Green Tea

Sichuan Province (“Szechuan”, 四川省)

Located in the original tea belt in southwest China.

Mostly, tea plantations are located across mountain ranges in:

  • Yibin
  • Emeishan
  • Zigong
  • Ya’an
  • Qionglai
  • Suining
The major tea types include:

  • Meng Ding Gan Lu Tea
  • Meng Ding Shi Hua
  • E Mei Zhu Ye Qing
  • Wen Jun Lv Cha
  • Meng Shan Que She
  • Qing Cheng Xue Ya Tea

Yunnan Province (云南省)

Located in the southwest China tea production area, Yunnan is one of the original places of tea planting and cultivating. It is the most concentrated production base of the well-known Pu-erh tea.

Most tea plantations are found in the prefectures of:

  • Pu’er
  • Xishuangbanna
  • Lincang
  • Baoshan
Major green tea types include:

  • Nan Nuo Bai Hao Tea
  • Ding Qing Tea
  • Yi Liang Bao Hong Cha Tea

See also: The Tea Provinces of China

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