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VIETNAM 2013 #167

All tea, green, black, white, or oolong, comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub,

Camellia sinensis is indigenous to both the Yunnan province in Southwest China and India's Assam region. The plant's cultivation began on the banks of China's Yangtze River. Quite quickly early tea farmers found that the tea tasted better when the bushes were pruned and their growth controlled, rather than grown wild. Today, there are many countries producing tea and Vietnam is one of them.

Tea shrubs are kept well-pruned to waist height which encourages a concentrated growth of young shoots. Only the youngest leaves are harvested to become tea.

The best teas are picked entirely by hand, and only the bud and top one or two leaves are plucked. Women with their smaller and more nimble hands are better suited to careful picking.

Those tea leaves pickers work with speed and dexterity. They start at sunrise and finish late afternoon. A long back breaking day!

A huge thank you to Richard Shuttleworth (Dickspics) for his User Award.

Tags: Vietnam Central highlands Landscape and travel Lam dong province Bao Loc BíLAO TEA PLANTATION TEA LEAVES PICKERS

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28 Nov 2013 5:33PM
A fine set of images!

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28 Nov 2013 5:34PM
Another fine set of images, Jean-Noel - really back breaking work.

Maiwand 12 3 73 England
28 Nov 2013 6:06PM
Great shot and narrative Jean-Noel.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
capto Plus
7 5.7k 10 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2013 6:33PM
Excellent set detailing this strenuous occupation.Smile

rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
28 Nov 2013 6:40PM
Active travel image Jean.
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2013 7:16PM
Great set, makes me feel tired just looking at them.
Stenk 12 6 England
28 Nov 2013 8:26PM
Makes you appreciate the tea you drink, what a pity one of the pickers isn't looking at the camera


danbrann 14 640 17
28 Nov 2013 11:02PM
A great documentary shot JN.
29 Nov 2013 7:19AM
We love tea,as its a tradition in Bengal.
Ray12 6 150 1 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2013 3:25PM
One of my favourite drinks, great image Smile
viscostatic 13 43 5 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2013 8:15PM
Beautiful images and interesting information Jean-Noel.


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