Discover the Tea

Experience tea through China and Taiwan

May 10 - 22, 2019


 

You are welcome to join us for the whole trip or come for just China or Taiwan. Reserve your spot here!  

This will be so much more than a tea trip! Some highlights to look forward to:

  • Process your own fresh green tea in a pan-firing workshop 
  • Take a boat tour of the idyllic West Lake of Hangzhou
  • Attend the Hangzhou International Tea Expo
  • Travel with exclusive access to the government-protected Wuyi mountain area
  • Meet Wuyi tea master Guoying Liu as well and visit many reputable tea houses
  • Relax in the Thermal Valley Hot Springs in Taiwan
  • Wander through the night markets of Taipei
  • Travel across the stunning natural landscapes of Taiwan and visit remote tea farms
  • Drink amazing tea, enjoy the delicious local cuisine, and much more!

Here's what we'll do:

PART 1 - CHINA (May 10 - 17*)

Our adventure begins in Hangzhou, China. Now a large city, it is bordered by tea fields that are the source of the single most popular tea in China: Long Jing, also known as Dragonwell. We will explore the Hangzhou International Tea Expo, which attracts the best of the best in the international tea industry. Browse the finest tea and teaware and taste samples from vendors all over the world. On the following day, we will get hands-on experience, learning to process our own green tea at the renowned Lion Peak. While in the West Lake area, we will attend a tea science seminar at Zhejiang University and enjoy the local teahouses and attractions. To round out our stay in Hangzhou, we will visit the China National Tea Museum before taking a bullet train to Fujian.

Fujian is the birthplace of oolong, white, and red tea. We will set out to see the mother bushes of the famous Big Red Robe Wuyi Oolong and learn the traditional processing methods of a region. We’ll have the rare chance will travel through the heart of the protected Wuyi mountain area, usually not accessible to foreigners, and see the Tianxin Yongle Buddhist temple. While in Fujian, we will meet tea master Guoying Liu and learn about tea ceremony and teaware, including a visit to the Dragon Kiln of Jian Ware.

   

PART 2 - TAIWAN (May 17 - 22*)

After a flight to Taiwan, we will begin our last leg of the trip with a bit of sightseeing in Taipei, including the National Palace Museum and hot springs at Thermal Valley. We will travel down to Emei in Hsinchu County before heading up into the central highlands. In Nantou County, we will enjoy the stunning scenery of Sun Moon Lake, as well as taste excellent oolongs and innovative red teas. Finally, we will head just south of Nantou to visit the Yuyupas Aboriginal Culture Center and tea farms around Alishan.

  

Want to join us? Here’s what you'll need to know:

The estimated cost for the entire trip is $3,000 ($1,500 for China trip and $1,500 Taiwan trip), which includes luxury hotels, food, chartered transportation during the trip, and all scheduled activities. You are responsible for your international flights and any personal expenses along the way. You can join for either part of the trip or both. Place your deposit to reserve your spot here!

You will be traveling with members of the Teance staff, who have been traveling to these sites regularly for nearly two decades to maintain long-standing relationships with tea farmers and to cultivate new ones. The world of tea is vast, and there is always much to be learned - we welcome people of all levels of tea experience to travel with us for a cultural immersion and tea adventure.

 

FAQ:

Dates and Destinations:
May 10 - 17: Hangzhou and Fujian, China 
May 17 - 22: Taipei and Nantou, Taiwan
Who will be traveling?
Join the tea buyer and curator of Teance Fine Teas, members of the Teance staff, and other travelers as we visit the sources of the finest artisan tea in China and Taiwan.

 

What should you expect?
Be ready for a cultural immersion into the rich tea culture of China and Taiwan as we will visit stunning tea farms and famous teahouses. But this trip won’t be just about tea - along the way we will enjoy the local attractions, relax in luxury accommodations, and explore the authentic regional cuisine. Be prepared for outdoor excursions in remote natural sites, as well as big-city adventures!

What is included? What is not included?
Lodgings, most meals, charter transportation during the trip, and all scheduled guided activities are included in the price. Personal expenses along the way are not included. You are responsible for the cost of your own airfare to/from China or Taiwan. If you would like to travel with our staff from/to San Francisco and would like for us to book your flight, please specify in your registration form.

Do I need to have tea experience to come?
Not at all! We welcome travelers of all levels of experience to join us. Just bring your curiosity and willingness to learn. 
 
Please fill out below form to receive updated info about the tour! For further information, please contact info@teance.com