The Chinese dislike teabags. Only loose leaf tea counts in China and preferably varieties that have a rich history. Longjing is probably the most famous green tea in the country and is grown near Hangzhou. Even the Chinese parliament owns some of these highly desirable plants, the tea from which is only served to heads of state.
As well as being famous for its refined taste, Longjing tea is also the stuff of legend. Literally translated, its name means Dragon Well Tea and it comes from a village in the hills near Hangzhou’s West Lake. One legend says a dragon resides in the well, while another attributes the movement of the well water to the shape of a Chinese dragon. While no-one can be sure of the real story, everyone agrees that the quality of this tea is unparalleled.
“Guard dogs and guards ensure that nobody picks the imperial tea leaves”