Meijiawu Tea Plantation in Hangzhou

Why is Meijiawu Tea Plantation So Special?

Hangzhou’s Meijiawu Longjing Tea Plantation/Village is a famous Dragon Well tea plantation nestled in the hills surrounding West Lake. It is renowned as one of the most important production bases of West Lake Dragon Well tea in China, and possibly even the world.

Brief Introduction of Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Meijiawu Tea Culture Village, located in the west of the world-known West Lake and hailed as “ten miles Meiwu” for its vast area along the Meiling Road, is an ancient village with a history of 600 years. Inhabited by more than 500 households, Meijiawu Tea Culture Village is picturesque surrounded by mountains and waters; it is a main production base and a protected area of the fragrant West Lake Dragon Well Tea, and a leisure tourist spot featured with tea culture in farm style. It has obtained many a title, such as “A landscaping village in Hangzhou”, “Civilization Village”, “Patriotic Education Base in Zhejiang Province”, “Hangzhou Top ten agricultural demonstrated area”, “National agricultural tourism scenic site”, and the like.

History of Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Actually, Meijiawu village used to be unknown for a long time. Zhou Enlai, a former Chinese premier, brought attention to the area after a visit. Later, it was set up as one of the attractions for international visitors and has received more than 100 international celebrities and heads of state.  Now, you can still see Wufu Bridge and a memorial hall in Meijiawu Tea Plantation built in memory of Zhou Enlai. Now, as a key attraction in Hangzhou, Meijiawu Tea Plantation has become a peaceful leisure place.

Highlights of Meijiawu Tea Plantation

There are about 160 tea houses in the village. When there are visitors, they will introduce to them the history of tea, process of making tea and the functions of tea. In addition, there are also tea ceremonies. Every spring, visitors can pick tea leaves by themselves, learn tea culture and experience the rural life of tea farmers.

Tea produced at Meijiawu is of top quality of all the West Lake Longjing Tea. Every year there are four tea-leaves picking periods, based on the solar terms. The first period is right before Qingming (Pure Brightness, April 4 or 5), the second period is before Guyu (Grain Rain, April 19-21), the third period is during Lixia (Beginning of Summer, May 5 or 6), and the last period is one month after Lixia.

The tea dishes prepared at Meijiawu Tea Village feature light, fresh, smooth and slightly salty flavors. The tea dishes like Longjing Tea with shrimp, Biluo Tea with shrimp, Longjing fish slices and other dishes are the specialties. Recently there are some new dishes launched to meet the different tastes of visitors, such as carp soup with fresh tea water, tea water with crisp shell chicken and tea water with duck stew.

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Best Time to Visit

Best Seasons to Visit Hangzhou

  • Many people in China believe that spring and autumn are the two best seasons to visit Hangzhou, specially late March-May and September-mid November.
  • In these seasons, temperature is warm but not hot. Daytime temperature ranges from mid 10s to mid 20s centigrade, and night time temperature ranges from low 10s to low 20s.
  • Spring is the best season to visit the West Lake because all kinds of flowers are blossoming that time. In order: plum blossom, peach blossom, and cherry blossom.
  • Autumn is also very nice and my favorite because of the yellow and red leaves.
  • However, I suggest avoiding the last week of September and the first 2 weeks of October because that’s when the city becomes packed with tourists from the golden week holidays.

Best time to Visit Meijiawu Tea Plantation

The best time to visit Longjing tea village is March to May. March and early April is the time for picking tea leaves. During this period, all the farmers are busying themselves with the work in their tea fields. If you come to Meijiawu Tea Plantation during this time, you can join and pick up tea leaves!

After picking up the leaves, they will start to make new tea. When you walk to the village during this time, you will be surrounded by the special smell of fried tea. If interested, you can walk into their houses and try making tea yourself.

Later in April and May, the new Longjing tea has just been made and it’s a great time to visit and buy some.

Although it’s a great time to the village from March to May, you should notice that the traditional Qingming Festival happens around early April, which brings a peak tourist time to Meijiawu Tea Plantation. We suggest that if you want to avoid the crowds, skip this time of year.

How to get to Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Travel with ChinaDragonTours (top recommended)

If you want to get out of the traffic and hassle of navigation, you can book a private tour package that includes visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local guide and driver will escort you to Meijiawu Tea Plantation in Hangzhou in the fastest and most convenient way and take care of all the details. You just have to focus on the visiting.

Independent Traveler

Take bus 103b, 103, 121b, 121, or 324 to Meijiawu.

Useful Travel Tips

  1. Avoid visiting during school holidays and Golden Week in October as there will be large numbers of local tourists.
  2. It takes about only 10 mintutes drive from Meijiawu to Lingyin Temple.
  3. A Great Place for Weekends
    Since it’s not far from downtown Hangzhou, many people like to drive to the tea village to spend their weekend. When travelling in the Meijiawu Tea Village, visitors can’t miss these three things: drinking Longjing tea; tasting local farm foods and playing or watching others play Chinese mahjong. In the village, you can totally experience the locals’ life!
    Besides that, you can walk south for several minutes to Yunqi Bamboo Forest, the most gorgeous forest in the West Lake scenic area, where the famous film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon by Li An was filmed.

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Edited by Bella Ren/任新月