Where Qinba Tea Is Grown

Daba Mountain Tea

Several hundred miles south of Xi'an, the ancient Chinese city that is considered the birthplace of civilization, is the location of our tea gardens - situated at high elevations in the pristine area of Daba Shan (Mountain), in Shaanxi province, China.


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.

Qinba Tea is grown at very high elevations south east of Pingli County in Shaanxi province approximately 150 miles from Shennongjia in Hubei province, known by many as the birthplace of the legendary Chinese emperor, Shennong who is said to have discovered tea. 


Qinba Tea, Daba Mountain, China

As Cha Garden's top selling tea, Qinba Tea comes from not only a historic region known for its high-elevation purity but is also grown in selenium-rich soils.  Nicknamed "the medicinal tea" for centuries, the teas from this area such as Qinba contain the highest levels of ground-based selenium in the world. 
Tests have shown that tea from the Daba mountains contains over 20% more Selenium (known as the "cancer slayer") than any other green tea. 


Selenium Rich Soils- Selenium Rich Teas

Since ancient times, Daba mountain has always been a prized place for quality tea. Dated from the Western Zhou Dynasty, tea became widespread in the Tang and Song dynasties. 


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 our pest prevention

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.