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Yunnan's sea of tea

By : China Daily | Published: 2015-April-21

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[InKunming--Yunnan]  Yunnan has become China's second largest tea producing area, according to the Yunnan Provincial Agriculture Department.

Statistics from the Yunnan Provincial Agriculture Department show that the tea planting area in the province in southwest China covers approximately 396,667 hectares and produces in excess of 335,300 tons valued at 3.71 billion yuan ($5,977 million).

Wang Pinghua, vice head of the Provincial Agriculture Department, said that Yunnan has six million tea growers and more than 11 million people engaging in the tea industry. There are also 170 tea-related enterprises with an annual output value exceeding 10 million yuan and 20 enterprises turning over in excess of 100 million yuan. The majority of Yunnan's tea products are sold throughout China and several dozen foreign countries.

Thanks to its favorable climate and fertile land, Yunnan is home to nearly 40 species of tea. It is also famous for its ancient tea trees, such as the Banzhang, Xigui and Bingdao species, popular for their special-tasting tea leaves.

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