Project Releaf

Girl praying at an ancient temple

The Ancient Tea Trees of Southern Yunnan

Deep in the heart of Southern Yunnan there exist tea trees unlike any other on Earth. The jungles of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and the districts of Simao and Lincang are home to the oldest...
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Imperial dragon patterns

Tea Master Zheng and Organic Tea Production near Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

Although the Wangs and many other tea growers feel they must resort to using pesticides, there exists a select group of tea cultivators that refuse to use hazardous chemicals—keeping their tea 100% organic. Tea Master...
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Traditional Chinese Architecture

Lion’s Peak Village and the Wangs: Tea and the Environment in Rural Zhejiang

Walking through the mist-laden Longjing Mountains (龙井山-lóngjǐngshān), also known as the Dragon Well Mountains, I stumble upon the entrance to Lion’s Peak Village (狮峰-shīfēngcūn)—one of the five villages that comprise Longjing County. As I follow...
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The mystic Yellow Mountain in Anhui

Tea: A Brief Introduction by Andrew Stein of Project Releaf

This is the second post by guest blogger Andrew Stein. “Not for all the tea in China,” once uttered an anonymous soul eons ago. What this person meant was, “I wouldn’t do that for all...
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Buddhist sculpture and art

Guest Blogger Introduction: Andrew Stein of Project Releaf

Beginning this March, I’m planning to take you on a journey through some of China’s most remote and ancient tea localities. With aid from a Fulbright Research Grant, I will travel across China, exploring a...
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