Savoring Aromatic Chinese Tea

Video | 11 December 2013

Tea connoisseurs can now easily savor one of the finest teas in the world as Greater Mekong Subregion Route 3 opens up access to land cultivating tea leaves in remote southeast PRC.

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Title: Savoring Aromatic Chinese Tea

Description: Tea connoisseurs can now easily savor one of the finest teas in the world as Greater Mekong Subregion Route 3 opens up access to land cultivating tea leaves in remote southeast PRC.

VO: For centuries in the remote Southeast of the PRC the ethnic Lahu people have cultivated tea. Some of their trees are a thousand years old and have provided a livelihood for generations of Lahu.

SOT: Na Guo
Lahu Tea Picker
We have these trees from our ancestors. They bring us our luck.

VO: The tea that Na Guo and her sister pick is considered some of the finest and most aromatic tea in the world. And while the trees were considered lucky, the isolation of the area meant that the Lahu lived in poverty and hardship.

SOT: Na Guo
Lahu Tea Picker
Before there is no road, only a narrow path and we have to walk up and down the hill with baskets on our backs. We have to carry everything ourselves. If that is life, I don’t know what to call this now, so much better.

VO: Life is better because of Route 3, which provides access and speed. Connoisseurs of this fine Chinese tea priced the large leaves of the oldest trees like this one from Lahu village. Now, those connoisseurs and other tourists can easily travel to the land of the finest pu’er and savor the brew.

Na Yue has set up a tea and café where she performs traditional tea ceremonies.

SOT: Na Yue
Tea Shop Proprietor
I hope in the future more tourists will want to visit. I’ve built this business with my own money and the help of my relatives.

VO: The whole Na family have benefited from the road with the new house, motorbikes and appliances. They maintain the commitment to the trade of their ancestors but their aspirations are firmly planted in the 21st century.