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Capital of Tea
The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. In the mid-13th century, the Chinese had learned to process tea leaves in different ways according to the types. Teas are divided into different grades considering the growing place, picking time and processing quality.

Hangzhou was entitled “Capital of Tea” for reasons. It’s generally acknowledged that West Lake Longjing is the No.1 tea in China, grows only in certain plantations around the West Lake. The newly picked and processed tea of the year is always sold at high prices, the highest record was in 2005, 100 gram new tea made of the leaves picked from 18 royal tea trees was bidden at 146 thousand yuan. Local government executed many policies to promote the tea industry. Every year, kinds of tea activities are held in the city, like tea culture expo, green tea roasting contest, tea seminars, etc. Tea also plays a very important role in local people’s daily life. In the early mornings, there are always tea fans go to Huichan Temple to take pure and sweet water flowing out from Hupao Spring, which is considered as the No.3 spring in China. Longjing tea leaves and Hupao spring water is a perfect match. In addition, they are countless tea houses scatter on the streets, along West Lake and in tranquil hills.