|Rolling hills, thousands of tea bushes!|
|Megan Minatra introduces Flat Ole to a tea bush.|
After lunch, we took in the Longjing Village area - the home of China's most famous varieties of green tea (Dragon Well). Our guide, Daisy, explained how bushes grow, how they are picked, when the "best" tea is picked (April) and how the worst goes to, you guessed it, the USA. :-) We watched how the tea is sorted, dried and produced into grades which, of course, affect the price.
The students had their first experience with trying to exit a tourist stop through the giftshop.....and again, some of them had a harder time than others......but everyone had a good time.
Back on the bus, and off to Shanghai, a drive of about three hours. Dinner at a native Tai restaurant (one of the 53 "nationalities" of China). Again, great food, some dancers and the chance to see some of our own students dance the "Chop stick" dance? I can't recall the name of it - you use bamboo poles and bang them togehter while people try to jump through....anyway, it was fun!
Tomorrow, Shanghai and a visit to a university for a joint concert and exchange.
Temps today, 55 degrees. Partly sunny skies.