Where Qinba Tea Is Grown
Shaanxi is one of the original eight tea production areas in China and Daba Mountain is considered one of the purest places throughout Asia and is listed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the world's 200 ecoregions. Over 3,000 kinds of animals and more than 3000 kinds of plants are in the Daba area.
One factor that have kept these teas out of the hands of outsiders is the area's remoteness. How does a potential buyer get there? Calling an Uber? Or by helicopter? These are very, very rural and rugged area, few roads, requires hiking for days to harvest. You don't just go there.
We are lucky to have our partners living in Xi'an and who own a mountain and land in Daba Shan.
Yet another factor is the area's natural extremely low yields. Why invest there when the more commercial zones can produce more tea. But everyone knows, low-yield plants offer superior quality product. So as tea became a bigger and bigger business, tea gardens moved to areas more friendly to business. Closer to main roads and highways, planting in more fertile. No one left Daba Mountain because it wasn't great, they left because it was more lucrative elsewhere.
Ladybugs are throughout the tea gardens as natural pest control
The natural landscape of the region, the Daba Mountains evergreen forests, is listed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the world's 200 ecoregions that should be a priority for conservation.