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Experience Chengdu: Private Tea-Making Day Tour of Mengdingshan Tea Plantation

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icon6 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Enrich your knowledge and pleasure your palate on a private full-day tour of a tea plantation from Chengdu. Venture to the verdant splendor of Mt Mengding (Mengdingshan) and greet a local farmer to begin learning about the entire tea-making process. Listen as your knowledgeable guide translates ancient tea-making techniques and absorb the tranquil ambience and enticing aromas of the plantation. Feast upon a traditional Chinese lunch at a rustic restaurant and take home some fresh tealeaves to make your own beautiful brews. 
  • Private tour of Mengdingshan tea plantation including tea making and tea tasting
  • Learn the entire tea-making process, from harvesting to brewing, from a local farmer
  • Admire the beautiful sights of the tea terraces in Mengdingshan
  • Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Take your final tea product home with you!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and private guide are included
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Local English-speaking guide
Guided tour of tea plantation
Tea making, tea tasting and tea to take home
Private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Admission of Mengdingshan
Gratuities
Depart from your hotel in Chengdu in a private, climate-controlled vehicle and admire the scenery on the 2-hour journey to Mengdingshan. Listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the region and its tea-making traditions then disembark to enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic local restaurant. 

Revitalized, stroll towards the gorgeous greenery of the plantation and hear of the establishment’s esteemed history; as one of the earliest places in history to have cultivated tea, Mengdingshan is shrouded in legend. Greet the resident farmer and weave your way to sets of beautiful tea terrace fields while your guide directs your attention to different kinds of tea bushes.   

Watch a leaf picking demonstration the try your hand at picking the delicate leaves from the bushes before heading to the factory. Learn how to make a variety of tea types, process your freshly picked leaves, and then take home your product as a special souvenir. Bid farewell to the farmer and relax during the 2-hour journey back to Chengdu, where the tour concludes. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mengding Mountain Tourist Area
Private hotel pickup from Chengdu will take you on a two-hour ride to Mengdingshan. Along the way, your guide will brief you on the tour and share fascinating facts and information about the sites you will visit. Before making your way to the tea plantation, delight in a delectable lunch of local Chinese delicacies at a nearby popular restaurant. The tea plantation at Mengdingshan is one of the earliest places to have cultivated this popular drink, dating all the way back to the Western Han period. After lunch, your guide will lead you to the plantation to meet a plantation farmer, who will walk with you to the beautiful tea terrace fields. Along the way, your guide will share various interesting facts, such as the several types of tea bushes that make different kinds of tea and how tea trees are planted and nourished. The farmer will then teach you the delicate ways of picking tea leaves. Once you’ve gathered enough leaves, follow the farmer and your guide back to the factory to see and learn how to make different kinds of tea. Additionally, the farmer will show you how to make your own tea using the plantation’s facilities. The final product is yours to take home and enjoy!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a substitute tour of equal value
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Samtour of Chengdu OTC Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Pandas and tea
stuehmer
, Dec 2019
The trip was awesome. I took the chance to combine visiting the Bifengxia Panda Centre in the morning and then afterwards the Mengdingshan Tea Plantation. I was very happy that the operator of this tour made this possible and gave helpful advice on the timing and organization of the trip. Although the tea garden and the panda centre are close time was limited and we had to hurry a bit - yet for me this combination was perfect. Green - my tour operator and translator - was great. She was very friendly, helpful and patient in doing a lot of translation work at the tea plantation. I would clearly recommend this tour. It is a unique experience.
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Our Tea Plantation tour was...
Mary D
, Apr 2017
Our Tea Plantation tour was fantastic! Our English-speaking guide, Jenny, was excellent. She is a Chengdu local so it was fun and informative just to talk to her about the area during our drive to the plantation and at lunch. It was extremely convenient being picked up at our hotel in a very nice car and driven in comfort directly to the tea plantation. The experience there couldn't have been better. We spent two hours picking tea after being instructed on how to do it correctly. It was great to be out in the country away from the crowds of the city in the peaceful farm setting. Following that we were served a delicious Sichuan meal, prepared onsite. In the afternoon we participated in the processing of the tea leaves we had picked and they were then packaged for us to take home. We learned so much and had a great time doing it. We were then driven directly back to our hotel. It was a wonderful day and both agreed that it was our favorite thing we did in Chengdu.
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This was GREAT! I can't say enough...
emerykf
, Oct 2016
This was GREAT! I can't say enough good things about it! Our tour guide for the day was from a farming family in the area, and had clearly done a lot of homework before our tour to be sure he knew all about the tea process. His English was excellent, and he was willing to go the extra mile to try and answer any questions he didn't know the answers to. The best guide ever!!! This trip provides a special opportunity to get away from the city and experience something very different indeed - well off the beaten track. The scenery during the drive was lovely and the location/host family farm was beautiful. Our tea-farmer hosts were super wonderful and took us through the entire process from harvest to drinking and we got to try our hand at the making ourselves! Not only that, but they cooked us a fabulous meal that was better than any we'd had on our whole trip. We definitely recommend this trip for everyone and congratulate the organizers, guide, and family hosts for a magnificent experience!!! Tea picking season is actually the spring, so if you want to make the best tea, do the trip then - but even our hosts admitted that despite the wrong season and our dreadful picking capabilities - our tea was still quite acceptable. So any time of year will work.
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We certainly enjoyed this tour...
vivienne b
, Nov 2014
We certainly enjoyed this tour. From the drive into the mountains to a tasty Sichuan home cooked meal. Tea sipping. Collecting tea flowers. All Brilliant
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I'll admit I was skeptical about...
mlefreeland
, Jul 2013
I'll admit I was skeptical about this tour, particularly because there was not a lot of information and no reviews. But I am so glad we still decided to go! Our tour guide was very friendly and fluent in English. She was not only incredibly informative about the tea-making process, but she also shared a valuable insight into the local culture. We traveled to a local farm (or tea plantation) where we picked tea for a little over an hour. It was hard work, but definitely an important part of the experience and really made us appreciate the process! We then were served one of the best meals on our entire trip, and the cook was very accommodating to the allergies of one of our group members. Afterwards helped roast our tea leaves on a special stove. By the end we had a nice packet of tea to take home! Unlike some "tours" in China, we were not asked to buy anything, but instead were able to simply enjoy the experience and leave with a special gift. If you have any interest in how tea is made or want to have a more rural experience in China, I would definitely recommend this tour. The only downside was that it is fairly expensive, particularly when compared with other tours available in Chengdu. But if this is something you're passionate about (as we are), it's definitely worthwhile and the experience of a lifetime!
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When in Chengdu this tour is a must...
JENNIFER K
, May 2013
When in Chengdu this tour is a must. We had to go to a different plantation because of the recent earthquake damage, but had one of the best days of our holidays. Coral our guide was one of the best we have ever had and Jerry our driver always got us there safe and sound in horrific traffic. This place was true China in the mountains. We picked our green tea with our baskets tied around our waist, then joined in frying it. The couple that owned the plantation were fantastic, did not speak English but our guide did a fantastic job and we all had a wonderful time. We then had a home cooked lunch and sat outside drinking green tea all afternoon. A few of the neighbours came wandering down to have a look at what we were laughing at and joined in as well. This was a fantastic tour, but made even better by our wonderful guide Coral.
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