wild tea of jirisan

The Misty Mountains of Jirisan, South Korea

Jirisan is a mountain range in the far south of South Korea. The surrounding county, Hadong, is home to Korea’s “wild tea”, which has been cultivated here for over 1000 years. I arrived late in the afternoon with my wife and we took a bus through beautiful scenery following the river to the village of …

Xiamei – A Beautifully Preserved Old Village in Wuyi Mountains

After hiking the trails in the tea plantations (read part one here), the next day I decided to visit the old village of Xiamei (下梅). Xiamei was an important hub during the Qing Dynasty where tea producers would bring their tea from the mountains to sell to traders from port cities like Fuzhou and Xiamen …

wuyi mountain tea trails

Exploring the Tea Plantations of Wuyi Mountains

As an avid drinker of Wulong tea, Wuyi Mountain is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. A dramatic range of limestone peaks and cliffs nestled in the northwest of Fujian province, straddling the Jiangxi and Zhejiang borders, Wuyi Mountain really is the postcard image of China. The range is known …