Nestled among green hills, Longjing Tea Village is located at the southwest point of West Lake. Because the village is enclosed by hills, the village owns about 130 acres (533,333 square meters) of Longjing tea field on the hills. On the northwest village are Beigao Peak, Lion Peak and Tianzhu Peak, and on the south is Nine Stream which runs into the Qiantang River. Due to its special geography, Longjing Tea Village produces some of the best Longjing tea in the world.
It was said that Emperor Qianlong (1736 – 1795) of the Qing Dynasty once visited Longjing Tea Village and savored Longing Tea while there. Then he wrote a poem lauding Longjing tea and beautiful scenery in Longjing Tea Village. He also labelled 18 tea trees in the village Royal Tea Trees. Longjing Tea has become popular across China since then.
With its long history, Longjing Tea Village is also rich in cultural sites like Royal Tea Tree Park and Hugong Temple. Centering on the region’s tea culture, Longjing Tea Village attracts many tourists every year from across China and around the world. Longjing Tea is well-known for its fragrance, unique flavor, green color, and distinguished leaf shape. When savoring Longjing Tea, the best way is to use water from Tiger Spring to make tea.
Tasting authentic Longjing Tea at Longjing Village was selected as one of New Ten Views of West Lake. While Longjing Tea Village picked up its own eight views. Lion Peak is covered with lush tea trees and Longjing tea from Lion Peak is the best tea compared with other kinds. Other views have their own features which make the whole village very enchanting.
The best time to visit the village is Springtime, especially Tomb-sweeping Day. The Longjing tea picked before Tomb-sweeping Day tastes best, but the price is high.