Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) January 8, 2009
Seven Cups, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, will lead three guided tours of China's back-country tea gardens in 2009. Designed for tea connoisseurs, the tours are scheduled during the harvest and production of Green, Yellow, Oolong, Black, and Puer teas. The tours are physically demanding and will take participants to remote areas seldom visited by foreign tourists. They will involve traveling on foot, by bicycle, bus, train, and bamboo boats.
Over the past 10 years, Seven Cups has cultivated relationships with tea masters throughout China, personally sourcing an award-winning catalog of more than 100 rare Chinese teas. These teas are available online and at Seven Cups' tea houses in Denver and Tucson.
Limited to 10 people per tour, each group will be personally led by Austin or Zhuping Hodge, the founders of Seven Cups. Austin Hodge is the first American to be published in the China International Tea Culture Institute's journal, and Zhuping Hodge is a certified Chinese tea master. Seven Cups was recently featured in Fresh Cup Magazine's 2009 Tea Almanac for its efforts to source and promote authentic Chinese tea. The company has also been granted an exclusive contract to supply Tribute-grade teas to the new Lu Yu Tea Museum in Changxing, Eastern China.
Tour participants will spend the majority of their time engaged in intimate meetings with Chinese tea masters in the masters' own gardens and workshops in the Chinese countryside. These are the tea masters who make tea for Seven Cups.
Tours begin in the Spring and will continue into July. All tours will be 14 days inside of China. The Spring Tea Tour (March-April 2009) will focus on Green teas, with side trips to visit Yellow and Black teas that also are harvested early in the Spring. The Summer Tea Tour (May-June 2009) will feature Oolong teas and Black teas that are harvested early in the summer. Finally, the Puer Tea Tour (July 2009) will focus on the puer teas of Yunnan. The tours are priced from $4,350, which includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles to China, all land transportation in China, all hotel and accommodations, and all meals in China.