Classification of China tea :Picking Time

China Tea changes with natural conditions and they will be different, such as too much water, tea is naturally more light quality;  classification :spring tea , summer tea, autumn tea, winter tea .


立春 the Beginning of Spring (1st solar term)Feb.3,4, or 5

雨水 Rain Water (2nd solar term)Feb.18,19 or 20

惊蜇 the Waking of Insects (3rd solar term)Mar.5,6, or 7

春分 the Spring Equinox (4th solar term)Mar.20,21 or 22

清明 Pure Brightness (5th solar term)Apr.4,5 or 6

谷雨 Grain Rain( or Guyu )(6th solar teram)Apr.19,20 or 21

立夏 the Beginning of Summer (7th solar term)May 5,6 or 7

小满 Lesser Fullness of Grain (8th solar term)May 20,21 or 22

芒种 Grain in Beard (9th solar term)Jun.5,6 or 7

夏至 the Summer Solstice (10th solar term)Jun.21 or 22

小暑 Lesser Heat (11th solar term)Jul.6,7 or 8

大暑 Greater Heat (12th solar term)Jul.22,23 or 24

立秋 the Beginning of Autumn (13th solar term)Aug.7,8 or 9

处暑 the End of Heat (14th solar term)Aug.22,23 or 24

白露 White Dew (15th solar term)Sep.7,8 or 9

秋分 the Autumn Equinox (16th solar term)Sep.22,23 or 24

寒露 Cold Dew (17th solar term)Oct.8 or 9

霜降 Frost’s Descent (18th solar term)Oct.23 or 24

立冬 the Beginning of Winter (19th solar term)Nov.7 or 8

小雪 Lesser Snow (20th solar term)Nov.22 or 23

大雪 Greater Snow (21th solar term)Dec.6,7 or 8

冬至 the Winter Solstice (22th solar term)Dec.21,22 or 23

小寒 Lesser Cold (23th solar term)Jan.5,6 or 7

大寒 Greater Cold (24th solar term)Jan.20 or 26

Spring Tea: depending on time they can be divided into early spring, late spring…(before Pure Brightness 明前茶;before Grain Rain or GuYu 雨前茶…)

green tea are generally harvested three times per year. The first flush takes place in late April to early May.
The second harvest usually takes place from June through July, and the third picking takes place in late July to early August. Sometimes, there will also be a fourth harvest. It is the first flush in the spring which brings the best quality leaves, with higher prices to match.

In China, early harvested tea tends to fetch the highest price. They are higher grade and is known as delicate tender tea .For hundreds of years, these young tea shoots are the most prized collection of tea plants. they are the tastiest and healthiest.They usually consist of a terminal bud with up to two adjacent leaves.One kilogram can have as many as 100,000 tea shoots. It takes a good picker half a day to harvest them.

Green tea is processed and grown in a variety of ways, depending on the type of green tea desired. While soil and climate play an important role, it is the tea-making process that brings the best out these precious tea shoots.They are still entirely handpicked and handroasted, the hard way.The reason being machine still cannot meet the high standard required.That is why authentic green tea tastes so much better than fakes. They can grow the tea plants somewhere, but they won’t be able to copy the roasting skill

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