The 3rd Narcissus Tea Picking Festival kicked off in Beiliao village, Zhangping on April 8. After worshipping the tea god, growers set about picking narcissus tea this year, said Zhangping’s tourist bureau.
The annual worship in Beiliao village, Nanyang town attracts a mass of visitors and tea lovers to the area.
Narcissus tea is expected to hit the market around Grain Rain, or guyu, the 6th solar term of the lunar calendar usually falling on April 19-21.
During the period, visitors can wander in the village to appreciate followers and taste tea, in addition to watching tea making.
Ancestors in Zhangping began planting tea in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and special workshops appeared in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Now, Zhangping tea is exported to Southeast Asia. Zhangping’s narcissus tea, in particular, is the only compressed oolong tea, giving expression to its sophisticated tea culture.
So far, the tea cultivated area in Zhangping covers 106,800 mu (7,120 hectare), 45,100 mu of which is planted with narcissus tea.
There are over 2,000 narcissus growers. Tea production has amounted to 10,600 tons, including 3,865.61 tons of narcissus tea. Zhangping’s tea has achieved a gross output value of 749 million yuan ($120.74 million).