The Origins of Tea

Traditional tea drinking
Traditional tea drinking
  • Tour Information
  • Guide Price

    Prices from £3,695 per person based on a shared room for departures in May.

  • What´s Included
    • Return international flights
    • 13 nights' hotel accommodation
    • Breakfast daily, 9 lunches 
    • Road transfers and tours on a private basis
    • Private English speaking guide
  • Departure Information

    Departures daily with BA.

    Flight options available:
    • UK regional departures
    • Cabin upgrades
    • Alternative carriers

Tea plays a huge part in Chinese culture and represents one of the country’s earliest links with Britain, dating from when the East India Company established the tea trade from Shanghai. This tour takes you down the East Coast of China to search for the origins of the great British "cuppa", stopping off at some of the country’s key tea producing regions along the way. Learn about many different kinds of tea, and the production methods behind them, as well as meeting some of the local tea farmers. First you will travel from the fertile lands around Shanghai and Hangzhou, home to the famous West Lake and celebrated for the quality of its green tea, to the mysterious Yellow Mountain, where you will find several of China’s most famous and sought after teas. From here journey south to Wuyishan, a lesser visited part of the country, but the origin of Da Hong Pao, the most expensive tea in the world. Venture further south again to the prosperous coastal province of Guangdong, stopping in Chaozhou where you can explore ancient villages and sample the oolong tea this area is celebrated for. Finally, finish your journey as the tea merchants of old would have done, in the Cantonese city of Guangzhou in the Pearl River Delta, once the departure point for the famous tea clippers en route back to the West laden with treasures. Get to grips with the urban tea culture here, and reflect on the wonders you have seen over the past two weeks.

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • 1
  • London Heathrow - Shanghai: with British Airways.
  • 2
  • Shanghai: arrive and check into your hotel. Afternoon at leisure in Shanghai.
  • 3
  • Shanghai: guided tour of Shanghai by walking and public transport.
  • 4
  • Shanghai - Hangzhou: high-speed train to Hangzhou for a 2 night stay. Afternoon cruise on West Lake.
  • 5
  • Hangzhou: full day tea tour around Hangzhou.
  • 6
  • Hangzhou - Huangshan: high-speed train to Huangshan. Guided tour of the mountain, stay overnight at the summit.
  • 7
  • Huangshan - Hongcun: descend the Yellow Mountain and transfer to Hongcun Village for a 2 night stay.
  • 8
  • Hongcun: full day tour to see the processing of Taiping Houkui Tea.
  • 9
  • Hongcun - Wuyishan: high-speed train to Wuyishan for a 2 night stay. Afternoon tour of Xiamei Ancient Village.
  • 10
  • Wuyishan: explore the Wuyi Mountain Reserve, including a visit to Tianyou Mountain and rafting on the Nine Bends River.
  • 11
  • Wuyishan - Chaozhou: high-speed train to Chaozhou for a 2 night stay. Afternoon walking tour of the Chaozhou area.
  • 12
  • Chaozhou: full day tour of Phoenix Mountain.
  • 13
  • Chaozhou - Guangzhou: high-speed train to Guangzhou for a 2 night stay. Afternoon at leisure.
  • 14
  • Guangzhou: guided tour of Guangzhou by walking and public transport.
  • 15
  • Guangzhou - London Heathrow: transfer to Hong Kong for your evening flight to London.
  • 16
  • London: arrival in London Heathrow.
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