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Hangzhou Longjingshan Tea Cultural Village
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Private Full-Day Tea Culture Tour in Hangzhou...
Ranked #29 of 395 things to do in Hangzhou
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Good farmer's food available. Supposedly, it was all organic except for the seafood. It overlooks the tea plantations.

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Reviewed April 10, 2014

On our daytrip to Hangzhou this was part of the tour. It was a beautiful drive there, but coming from the West Lake you should stop on the way there to take pictures.
We got an introduction to how the tea was produced and then a longer sales pitch where all the benefits of green tea was presented.
We were only asked once if we wanted to buy, and when we declined there was no pressure, which we really appreciated.
We had a good time there.

3  Thank LPHDK
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

This seems a bit of a muddled category of reviews, some people are reviewing the village of Longjishan and the general area. I am specifically reviewing the "Tea Cultural Village", a sales operation where they take tour buses on the outskirts of the village.
We spent an awkward 90 mins at this place after driving a long way to get here. There building is surrounded by tea fields with people harvesting tea. We stood on the edge of the field in the parking lot and were told to take pictures and "pick" a leaf off a bush.Then we were herded to an area where one man was demonstrating the hand drying process in a heated container. There are photos on the wall of the Queen and other dignitaries visiting tea plantations, allegedly this one, but could be anywhere. After this cursory 5 minute explanation we were shown through a courtyard with some pretty gardens and a pond with a large tea pot into a "tasting" room. A young girl came in and poured everyone a glass of green tea and then the sales pitch began. There was a bizarre demonstration with a glass of rice that she turned black with a drop of iodine and "magically" vanished with a dose of green tea (iodine + starch = black color + alkaline = clear color). I assumed that this was an illustration of how Green tea allegedly purifies the body but the experiment is designed to have those without a basic understanding of chemistry believe the magic powers of green tea and buy the extremely expensive green tea pill purifying packages that they are selling (conversations on the bus later reveals that several of the other guests were indeed taken in by this "experiment" and believed it to be a real effect that the pills were going to banish "all the nasty black stuff" they had eaten) The girl was selling the green tea pills for $150 a package and large canisters of the green tea at a similar price. Since I do not buy loose green tea, I have no idea if that represents a good price but the sales tactics make me very dubious that it was. During the girl's presentation a "heavy weight" minder sat by the door preventing anyone from leaving the room. The door was also locked because at one point someone came to the door with a message and the sales girl had to unlock the door to speak to them. From our group, one person bought the pills and one person bought the tea. Clearly this did not make the "quota" for the group because the pitch went on and on and on even after everyone had said they weren't interested. One person in the room got irritated and googled the tea on his phone and found the same pills and the same tea on Amazon US for $50 each. The girl was adamant that it was a different quality, but the packaging was identical to that that she was selling. She claimed that they only sold the pills outside of China with 47% purity but the one on Amazon said 98% on the label, the same as the one she was selling. All in all we were trapped in the tea room for about 80 minutes with the girl getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of sales before our tour guide came and released us. As you exit the "Tea Village" you walk through a large winding gift store with more pushy sales people who try to hawk their wares at you.
You do expect with these coach tours that you are going to be taken to these kind of places but seriously this one is 0% education and 100% sales push, beware!!

11  Thank 5exiles
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was fun, but expensive. We visited as part of a China Tour.com trip. I would not go out of my way to visit if traveling solo, but it was fun as part of a group.

3  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

This tea "village" is absolutely inundated with tour groups, and the overall experience is very much commercilzed, and feels very very artificial. The focus seems to be getting each group through the tea-tasting sessions, which are really just another way to sell you their over-priced tea. Reputable tea dealers in town often offer much better prices for the same stuff, than the vendors here.

If you give this place a miss, you won't be missing out on much.

3  Thank Andrew_Alin
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