Pinghe County, Fujian Province. Bai Ya Qilan Wulong Tea (Oolong Tea)
This year we arrived in Pinghe after all tea was collected, and most of the producers were engaged in processing maocha (semi-finished product). Just the perfect time when you can choose the right raw materials and order factories roast maocha (hongbei) in the intensity we need. In Pinghe, as well as in the slightly more northern Fujian Anxi County, farmers frows oolongs such as tie guanyin, jin guanyin, huang dan, and other cultivars. But the most famous cultivar of the region, besides giant plantations of pomeloes and other citrus fruits, is Bai Ya Qilan tea (or "The Wonderful Orchid with White Bud").
In Pinghe, as well as in other counties of the province, also situated some of the round "Fujian earthen houses" - "Fujian tulou". Many of them have become a national treasure, and now are open-air museums, where people still live. We were fortunate enough to visit a few that have not yet become museum objects, and which are not-so-known to tourists and even most local residents, because of it's far location.