This year’s first crop of Longjing tea has entered the market, sold in teahouses, department stores and supermarkets.
Charging 4,400 yuan (US$720) to 11,000 yuan per kilo, Xihu Longjing produced in the West Lake area, costs much more than Longjing tea grown outside the area, which is priced between 1,360 yuan and 1,960 yuan per kilo.
“Longjing tea with simple packaging is more popular these days because gift packaging costs 200 yuan more,” a shop assistant said, adding that this year’s prices are more or less the same as last year.
The price of Xihu Longjing usually reaches a staggering height before Qingming Festival in early April as it is considered the best green tea in China.
Longjing tastes best when boiling water is cooled to around 90 degrees Celsius to imbue the tea and a glass cup allows the drinker to appreciate the shape and color of tea leaves, according to Shen Hong, a renowned tea writer.
Source: Hangzhou International Center