Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) February 9, 2010
As featured in TIME Magazine, ("Puer Tea: China's Next Hot Commodity?") Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas of Tucson, Arizona will lead three guided tours through China’s backcountry tea gardens in 2010. This is only the second time these tours are being offered, and may be the only chance to ever tour China’s most famous and beautiful tea regions with a Certified Chinese Tea Master during the harvest and production of rare Green, Yellow, Oolong, Black, and Puer teas.
While these tours are designed to be Masters Classes for tea enthusiasts, they can be enjoyed by anyone. Participants get to enjoy rarely seen aspects of Chinese culture, breathtaking scenery, and authentic regional Chinese cuisine. Participants visit remote areas usually unavailable to foreign tourists, where they sample the best teas China has to offer, presented by Chinese tea masters in the masters’ own gardens and workshops.
Limited to 7 people per tour, each group is led personally by Zhuping Hodge or Austin Hodge, the founders of Seven Cups. Austin Hodge is the first American to be elected to the Chinese International Tea Culture Institute for his contributions to Chinese tea and tea culture. Zhuping Hodge is one of the first women to be certified as a Tea Master and Tea Scholar by the nation of China. Austin and Zhuping personally arrange all destinations, travel, and accommodations, using their connections to offer travel and cultural opportunities almost never seen by the outside world. Meals are ordered on-the-spot based on the appetites of the group, easily accommodating vegetarian diets and food allergies.
Seven Cups is internationally respected for sourcing tea and providing information about Chinese tea and tea culture to customers in 99 countries and territories, and Zhuping is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on Chinese tea. For more than 10 years, the founders have cultivated relationships with tea masters throughout China, personally sourcing an award-winning catalogue of more than 100 rare Chinese teas. These teas are available online and at Seven Cups’ teahouses in Tucson and Denver.
Tours begin in March and will continue into July. The Spring Tea Tour (March 22 – April 3, 2010) focuses on Green teas, with side trips to visit Yellow and Black teas that also are harvested early in the Spring. The Oolong Tea Tour (April 17-30, 2010) features Oolong teas and Black teas that are harvested early in the summer. Finally, the Puer Tea Tour (July 6-20, 2010) focuses on the Puer teas of Yunnan. The tours are priced at $3,500, which includes transportation within China, hotels, accommodations, and meals. Flights to China, visas, and immunizations are not included.