Tea is one of the best-loved beverages in the world for a lot of good reasons. But not many people have seen the process of cultivating, harvesting, and preparing the different types of tea enjoyed across the globe. If you want to see where some of the world’s finest brews come from, here are some of the world’s most picturesque tea plantations and where to find them.
1. Darjeeling, India
The scenic town of Darjeeling sits at the foot of the Himalayas and is known for producing one of the best tea types in the world. Beautiful tea plantations add to the enchanting scenery with the looming Mt. Kanchenjunga providing a breathtaking backdrop. The area also serves as the end-terminal of the famous Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) that ply between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.
2. Uji, Japan
Located between two Japan’s must-see places – Kyoto and Nara, Uji is an excellent destination not just for its rich history and culture. It is also known for its tea culture which legend says dates back to over a thousand years ago. The city is famous for its tea plantations and produces different varieties of teas like matcha and sencha among others.
3. Quanzhou, China
China is widely known for its tea-drinking and tea-growing culture. The country produces a wide variety of teas with various regions known for growing specific types. The city of Quanzhou in the Fujian Province of China is best known for its oolong tea and flower tea. Two of its famous products are the Fujian jasmine tea and the Iron Goddess oolong tea. It is a great place not just to visit tea plantations but also to see oolong brewers at work.