Tea from China
Green tea, oolong tea, and jasmine tea
Chinese tea makes a wonderful souvenir and an ideal gift. Anyone unfamiliar with the different types of tea will have the opportunity to try out the available tea varieties at most tea shops in Shanghai. For example, oolong tea is a variety that is partially fermented in the sun, and offers interesting flavor notes ranging from fruity to a honey-like taste. However, even the varieties already known home should be tried, such as green tea, because the Chinese product is often of better quality and contains significantly less bitterness.
Tea connoisseurs are also recommended to make a day trip to visit the Dragon Well Tea Plantation in the Meijiawu Tea Village near the city of Hangzhou. If your travel agency does not offer such a trip, or if you are organizing the trip independently, you can find more information by googling the phrase "day trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai". Make sure that a visit to a tea village is included in the program. The West Lake in Hangzhou features a magnificent pagoda and Buddhist monastery, along with some other attractions that make for a very interesting trip.
In the Meijiawu Tea Village, after getting to know the different processing steps in the manufacture of green tea, as shown above for drying the green tea, one can buy some excellent Longjing.
Information on green tea
An external site with details on the manufacture and preparation of green teas