Tea and Yunnan.

About three years ago (oh wow, was it really? That makes me feel ancient…) I journeyed into Yunnan province for a two week adventure. I was enamoured with the idea of going into the heart of ‘tea country’ as I had just finished a shabby first draft of, you guessed it, The Colour of Tea.

I took an Intrepid trip that went from Kunming to Dali to Shangri-La to Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang and back to Kunming, essentially covering the heart of this south-western province which borders Burma, Laos and Vietnam. It was a pretty sensational holiday. The villages were tiny, inviting and cosy. The tea was always hot and good. The scenery was jaw-dropping. See my photo above for evidence. Shangri-La (Tibetan monasteries and meandering yaks) and Lijiang (cradled by mountains, pretty tiled roofs) were standout places not to mention the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge where my breath was taken away. Literally. I needed help from a man and his donkey with my embarassingly light backpack. I have very fond memories of this wonderful trip, which kindled a romance with pu-erh tea

So I was thrilled to learn that Wild & Bare Co., a fine and organic tea company that is run by a friend from Macau days, Jean Alberti, had created a film showing the province of Yunnan and a search for some of the world’s oldest tea trees. A dose of travel nostalgia with a dash of tea-geek…right up my alley! It is beautifully shot and split into seven bite-sized installments that I just had to share with you; here it is, on Vimeo.

Disclaimer: I am not subsidized in any way by the Yunnan tourism board or Wild & Bare Co., but if I was I would choose to be compensated in big cakes of Pu-erh tea and regular journeys back to the province. Just putting it out there…

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