The picture above shows a man pan firing Longjin green tea leaves by hand.
China is famous for tea and the most famous tea in China comes from the hills around Hangzhou.
Longjing or Dragon Well tea is China’s most celebrated green tea.
It is worth a short drive out into the countryside to visit the villages that grow tea and sip some in one of the many open-air tea houses that line the roads.
Why “Dragon Well” ? After rain, the lighter rainwater floating on a well’s surface sometimes exhibits a sinuous and twisting patterns said to resemble the movement of a traditional Chinese dragon.
Like most other Chinese green tea, Longjing tea leaves are pan fired – not fried – by hand to stop the fermentation process.
When steeped, the tea produces a yellow-green color, a gentle, pure aroma, and a rich flavor. The tea contains Vitamin C, amino acids, and has one of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas, second only to white teas.