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You may familiar with green tea and red tea, but how about white tea? The best white teas look like tiny white hairs, and give the tea a pale look.
Ding Yun, located on the famou Ma Lian Dao tea street, sells white tea exclusively. The shop owner, Mr Chen, has a huge plantation on the foot of Tai Mu Mountain in Fuding, where they've been growing white tea for 200 years.
When it comes to white tea, Mr Chen could talk forever."There is a fairy tale in my hometown. Long time ago, a girl, named Lan Gu, lived on the foot of Tai Mu mount. One year, an unknown disease killed many children in the village. To save the village, a god told Lan Gu in her dream to pick up the leaves in a cave on Tai Mu Mountain to help the children. The children were then saved. Afterwards, the village started to plan these leaves, which now became the white tea."
Ding Yun carries different types of white tea, such as Bai Hao Yinzhen, Bai Mu Dan and Shou Mei. Bai Hao Yinzhen is widely considered the best among them. All white teas are low in caffeine, and are believed to have good anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities.
The longer preserved white tea has more value. For example, 2004 Bai Hao Yinzhen is sold at RMB 800 per 500g. While 2005 tea costs half the price.
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