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The Culture of Tea - zakti pu-erhs

Reaching down from the foothills of the Tibetan plateau to tropical rain forests, the Yunnan, China’s big south western borderland, is where pu-erhs are grown.

Yunnan’s rugged landscape is home to over 40 ethnic minorities which retain autonomous territories within the PRC and still wear their traditional clothes, live in traditional wooden houses and have their old standing farming techniques. Several of them; mainly the Dai, Wa, Bulang , Hani and Lahu still carry out their traditional tea picking and tea making.

Puer City was the starting point of the “Ancient Tea and Horse Road” on which the compressed teas where transported to the Tibetan people as far as Lhasa, taking back , in exchange for the tea, the many young war horses bred on the high plateaus, to serve the imperial army. This ancient border trade is the background of today’ pu-erh tea industry.

Image: Dai women participating in a group dance