Thursday, April 23, 2009

2009 Yancha Harvest Has Started




4月21日,福建省武夷山市的茶农肩挑装满春茶的箩筐。

A tea picker with baskets full of the spring tea harvest in Wuyishan, Fujian province.

    连日来当地气温不断上升,往年5月开始批量采摘的武夷岩茶大红袍今年4月下半月就已进入采摘高峰期。  


Each day the local temperature is rising steadily. Last year the tea harvest started in earnest in May, This year in the second half of April the harvest is already in full swing.



4月21日,在福建省武夷山市天心村,茶农在采摘武夷岩茶大红袍。 

Pickers harvesting Dahongpao in Tianxin village.


4月21日,福建省武夷山茶农利用晴好天气纷纷上山采摘武夷岩茶。 

Tea pickers taking advantage of the clear weather to pick tea in the mountains.

Original article from Xinhua news 
http://www.fj.xinhuanet.com/ntp/2009-04/22/content_16319312.htm

5 comments:

Bret said...

Which one of those people marching off to pick tea is you? Just kidding. I bet this is back breaking work and maybe not as interesting for the locals as us westerners think it is.

LaoChaGui said...

You can read a translation of a folk song from the first half of the twentieth century about the privations of tea harvest on page 44 of Harvesting Mountains by Robert Gardella. The hardest work was done mostly by people from neighboring areas (Jiangxi.)

After qingming at the time of the grain rains,
We heft our bundles to go to Fujian.
It's really pitiful to think of Fujian.
Our food's a half-bowl of salt-greens and a half bowl of salt.
Early one morning we return to Jiangxi,
To eat bowls of good greens all year.
Gardella cites Lin Fuquan 1943, p.82. and in his footnote he writes, "Lin produced a sampling of 15 out of over a hundred tea workers' folk songs he collected in the course of three years' residence in the Wuyi region; most express bitter resignation regarding working conditions, pay, and food."
林馥泉,武夷茶叶之生产制造及运销 1943

Bret said...

I knew it! I think we westerners have a more romanticised image of tea picking and processing, but somewhere in the back of mind I knew this had to be mundane and laborious. Bless them for they know not how much I appreciate the fruits of their labor.

MarshalN said...

Hey, get me some!

LaoChaGui said...

Unfortunately, I haven't got any yet! I'm not going to Wuyi until July because it takes 12 hours to get there by bus. (only about 160 km as the crow flies!)

I could take a plane, but I would have to change planes in Fuzhou or Shanghai, and I'm not going to take two plane rides to go 160km.