Experience Chengdu: Private Tea-Making Day Tour of Mengdingshan Tea Plantation

Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Destination: China, Sichuan, Chengdu
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Chengdu
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  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

There’s no better place to experience the entire tea-making process than at the origin of tea itself – China! On your private tour of Mt Mengding (Mengdingshan) from Chengdu, a local farmer will teach you the whole process of making tea, from harvesting to brewing. Your own private guide will not only bring you to the plantation but also act as a translator between you and the farmer. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant and bring home tea you make yourself!

Itinerary
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Stop At: Mengding Mountain Tourist Area, Mengdingshan Town, Mingshan County 625102 China

Private hotel pickup from Chengdu will take you on a two-hour ride to Mengdingshan. Along the way, your guide will brief you on the tour and share fascinating facts and information about the sites you will visit. Before making your way to the tea plantation, delight in a delectable lunch of local Chinese delicacies at a nearby popular restaurant.

The tea plantation at Mengdingshan is one of the earliest places to have cultivated this popular drink, dating all the way back to the Western Han period. After lunch, your guide will lead you to the plantation to meet a plantation farmer, who will walk with you to the beautiful tea terrace fields. Along the way, your guide will share various interesting facts, such as the several types of tea bushes that make different kinds of tea and how tea trees are planted and nourished. The farmer will then teach you the delicate ways of picking tea leaves.

Once you’ve gathered enough leaves, follow the farmer and your guide back to the factory to see and learn how to make different kinds of tea. Additionally, the farmer will show you how to make your own tea using the plantation’s facilities. The final product is yours to take home and enjoy!

Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Guided tour of tea plantation
  • Tea making, tea tasting and tea to take home
  • Private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Admission of Mengdingshan
  • Entry/Admission - Mengding Mountain Tourist Area

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a substitute tour of equal value
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure point: Free picking up service from your city hotel or residence in Chengdu (all hotels within 3rd Ring Road) and CTU airport, if you stay outside the 3rd Ring Road, then need to be picked up at the main gate of Wuhouci, or please contact us in advance to arrange to be picked up from your hotel and pay extra cost to driver.
Return point: Returns to original departure point or can be drop-off at the CTU airport.


Departure Time

9:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

6 to 8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Arne_S

17 Dec, 2019

The trip was awesome. I took the chance to combine visiting the Bifengxia Panda Centre in the morning and then afterwards the Mengdingshan Tea Plantation. I was very happy that the operator of this tour made this possible and gave helpful advice on the timing and organization of the trip. Although the tea garden and the panda centre are close time was limited and we had to hurry a bit - yet for me this combination was perfect. Green - my tour operator and translator - was great. She was very friendly, helpful and patient in doing a lot of translation work at the tea plantation. I would clearly recommend this tour. It is a unique experience.

3porkbuns

13 Mar, 2019

We felt the need to write this review to provide a different perspective. We booked this tour due to all those positive reviews that said this tour had been the highlight of their trips. The different experience could be due to the different tour operation/guide (ours was Victor), though the itineraries are similar. The roundtrip from Chengdu took 4 hrs. The cable car rides took another 20 min each way. There’s not much to see at the top. The tribute tea garden is extremely small and disappointing. I’m still not sure which tea garden exactly was the first tea garden in China. After that, we drove a short distance to a tea farm. There was a lot of sitting around waiting for lunch and chatting with the tea farmer without much translation help from the guide. We looked around the small tea garden a bit, picked a few tea leaves, and watched tea master demonstrated roasting/rolling tea leaves (probably the most interesting part of the tour). The tea master let us try our hands at it a bit. While we had fun here and there, this tour was really not a good use of our time and money. I don’t think it’s worth spending the whole day traveling so far for so little activities. We don’t recommend this Mengding tea tour unless you’re already staying near the mountain (less than 30 min away). We also think that it would be more fun to go by yourself and take a longer hike towards the mountain top. It's not necessary to get a guide.

Mary D

14 Apr, 2017

Our Tea Plantation tour was fantastic! Our English-speaking guide, Jenny, was excellent. She is a Chengdu local so it was fun and informative just to talk to her about the area during our drive to the plantation and at lunch. It was extremely convenient being picked up at our hotel in a very nice car and driven in comfort directly to the tea plantation. The experience there couldn't have been better. We spent two hours picking tea after being instructed on how to do it correctly. It was great to be out in the country away from the crowds of the city in the peaceful farm setting. Following that we were served a delicious Sichuan meal, prepared onsite. In the afternoon we participated in the processing of the tea leaves we had picked and they were then packaged for us to take home. We learned so much and had a great time doing it. We were then driven directly back to our hotel. It was a wonderful day and both agreed that it was our favorite thing we did in Chengdu.

Katherine_E

24 Oct, 2016

This was GREAT! I can't say enough good things about it! Our tour guide for the day was from a farming family in the area, and had clearly done a lot of homework before our tour to be sure he knew all about the tea process. His English was excellent, and he was willing to go the extra mile to try and answer any questions he didn't know the answers to. The best guide ever!!! This trip provides a special opportunity to get away from the city and experience something very different indeed - well off the beaten track. The scenery during the drive was lovely and the location/host family farm was beautiful. Our tea-farmer hosts were super wonderful and took us through the entire process from harvest to drinking and we got to try our hand at the making ourselves! Not only that, but they cooked us a fabulous meal that was better than any we'd had on our whole trip. We definitely recommend this trip for everyone and congratulate the organizers, guide, and family hosts for a magnificent experience!!! Tea picking season is actually the spring, so if you want to make the best tea, do the trip then - but even our hosts admitted that despite the wrong season and our dreadful picking capabilities - our tea was still quite acceptable. So any time of year will work.

vivienne b

17 Nov, 2014

We certainly enjoyed this tour.
From the drive into the mountains to a tasty Sichuan home cooked meal. Tea sipping. Collecting tea flowers. All Brilliant

User's Picture Gallery

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Mending Tea

Making sure the tea leaves are all in great condition

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Mengdingshan Tea Plantation

Making tea at the factory

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Mengdingshan Tea Plantation

Picking tea leaves at the plantation

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Mengdingshan Tea Plantation

Workers hard at work at the Mengdingshan plantation

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