Nestled in green hills, Longjing Tea Village is located at the southwest West Lake. Because the village is enclosed by hills, the village owns about 533,333 square meters Longjing tea field on the hills. On the northwest village are Beigao Peak, Lion Peak and Tianzhu Peak. And on the south is Nine Stream which runs into the Qiantang River. Due to its special geography, Longjing Tea Village produces the best Longjing tea in the world.
It was said that Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) of Qing Dynasty once visited Longjing Tea Village and savored the Longing Tea. Then he wrote a poem to speak highly of Longjing tea and beautiful scenery in Longjing Tea Village. He also labelled 18 tea trees in the village as Royal Tea Trees. Longjing Tea had become popular across China since then.
With long history, Longjing Tea Village is also rich in cultural heritages like Royal Tea Tree Park and Hugong Temple. Centering on tea culture, Longjing Tea Village attracts many tourists at home and abroad every year. Longjing Tea boasts for its fragrance, unique flavor, green color and distinguished leaf shape. When savoring Longjing Tea, the best way is to use water from Tiger Spring to make tea because these two are considered as two superb specialties in Hangzhou.
Tasting authentic Longjing Tea at Longjing Village was selected as one of New Ten Views of West Lake. While Longjing Tea Village picked up its own eight views. Lion Peak is covered with lush tea trees and Longjing tea from Lion Peak is the best tea compared with other kinds. And other views have their own features which make the whole village very enchanting.
The best time to visit the village is spring, especially Tomb-sweeping Day. The Longjing tea picked before Tomb-sweeping Day tastes best, but the price is high. It will be very enjoyable to savor Longjing tea, ask something about tea farming and anecdotes and lose in the beautiful natural scenery.