Take a deep breath in the ancient tea forest in SW China

Between the 9th and 10th century, the Bulang people found wild tea trees during their migration. When they settled down in the Jingmai Mountain, they cultivated tea trees near their village together with the Dai people, turning the mountain into a huge tea garden. 

Now, the Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er City in southwest China's Yunnan Province is hailed as the world's natural museum of tea trees. The ancient Jingmai tea garden occupies a land area of 1.867 hectares, and 43 percent of them can be picked by the local. 

The Jingmai Mountain is also an important spot on the the ancient Tea Horse Road. Since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the tea in the Jingmai Mountain has been sold to Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar and Thailand.

For more: Jingmai Tea Mountain: A heavenly garden

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Yunnan Province in southwest China boasts of spectacular natural landscapes, biodiversity and diverse ethnic groups. Among China's 56 recognized ethnic groups, 25 are found in Yunnan. This livestream series will take you on a tour to six cities or autonomous prefectures in Yunnan and see the little-known food, scenery and folk customs. Stay tuned for our upcoming livestreams!

(Cover image via VCG. Video filmed by Guo Yuanheng, edited by Zhao Ying.)

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