| Karin Bylund

The Ultimate Chinese Tea Experience On a Luxury Private Plantation

Le Passage Mohkan Shan, a French Luxury Country House Hotel in China’s Zhejiang Province, is Offering Guests the Chance to Experience Firsthand the Century Old Tradition of Tea-Picking

Now, from through March and April 2015, guests at Le Passage Mohkan Shan can join in the annual tea-harvesting season with a personalized tea-picking experience under the close guidance of a skilled personal local Tea Hand. 

The private Le Passage Mohkan Shan plantation produces a fragrant green tea that is fermented until it becomes a medium-bodied and fruity Black tea. After the tea leaves have been picked they are roasted by hand in a wok and once finally dried, the tea leaves are beautifully wrapped in Le Passage tin caddies to take home.

After a day of picking tea, the hotel comes alive in the evening with the scent of tea as Chef Jackie Meng uses the fresh and full-flavored leaves collected from the plantation to create his alternating menus. Highlights include Foie Gras with a side of homemade Tea Jelly, Tea-Smoked Duck, delicate Green Tea Biscuits and Green Tea Mousse Cheesecake among other French classic dishes with a touch of tea.

Inspired by the natural healing properties of tea, this year Le Passage Mohkan Shan will introduce a range of bath & body products containing a combination of green tea and green tea seed oil all from the private plantation available in the rooms and for purchase.

To mark the start of the annual tea season in early April, Le Passage Mohkan Shan together with the Moganshan Bureau of Agriculture, will host the Regional Tea Harvesting Opening Ceremony, which sees 13 different tea plantations coming together for a friendly competition to determine which plantation has the best crop of the year.

Private Tea-picking can be added to any booking at Le Passage Mohkan Shan. For reservations visit www.lepassagemoganshan.com. Tea-picking season begins from Mid-March and runs until the end of April.


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