The tea terraces looked like giant shining steps, glistening in the autumn sun, as the green tea plants that adorned them sprouted tender shoots in Liubao town in late October.
It was just after the frost came down, on the 18th of 24 solar terms, on October 23. The inhabitants were busy harvesting the leaves. It was a good time for the ritual. The scent of the leaves is considered the most pronounced. due to the difference in temperature between day and night at this time of year and little rainwater.
It was not only farmers who commuted among the trees, but visitors exploring the rural charm of the city located in Cangwu County, Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Visitors generally bring a sense of activity to the normally calm city in October, according to local authorities. Many of them do what the locals do: carry a bamboo basket on their shoulders and pick tea leaves. Naturally, they pose for photos against the backdrop of looming terraces and clear blue skies.
At the end of the day, travelers can cool off with tea, learn how to fry and roll leaves the old-fashioned way, as the aroma spreads from the heated pots and permeates the air.
Kosima Weber Liu from Germany visited the city in October and was impressed with the tea there, especially its therapeutic effects.
“Previously, I had only heard of tea making processes, but I got to experience roasting tea myself,” says Liu.
She better understands the process and the ritual that surrounds her.
“I felt like I had been in a special and mystical place in China.”
The town of Liubao is known for its black tea, which for 1,500 years has been an infusion to be savored. It has ideal conditions for the production of tea, with a balance of humidity, sunshine, soil and elevation, of around 600 meters above sea level, it is almost too good to be. true.
Liubao tea is considered one of the best in the country and was served as a tribute to Emperor Jiaqing during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
It was also used as a herbal medicine to counter the hot and humid conditions when the Chinese migrated to Southeast Asia in the late 19th century.