Our trip to Yunnan province in China was purely for a ten day cycling tour around the Mountains of Xishuangbanna on the border with Manyamar and Laos. This area is renowned for its Pu’er tea in particular but also rubber plantations and the 12 ethnic minority groups.
There were eight of us on the trip including my mother (Jan) with three of her friends plus a good friend of ours Andy Green with his partner Guy. Below are the pictures from the wonderful trip.
For more pictures of our year away see “What you’d rather be seeing“.
People of Xishuangbanna:
Mothers and kids at the head of the villages house whom we met. Yunnan province, China
Ms Li demonstrating how to cook pu’er tea just after picking, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
Grandmother and baby. Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
Lady of the homestay who was cooking tea leaves after picking all day. Yunnan province, China
Wheeling and dealing in the Xiding market, Yunnan, China
Boy watching the bark been boiled in preperation for making tye paper pu’er tea is wraped in.
The grannies of the G8: Sue, Philippa, Robbie and Jan
The kids in Xishuangbanna were always happy and smilimg. Yunnan province, China
Jan, Robbie, Sue and Philippa enjoying (or not) the breakfast noodles. Yunnan province, China
Raw pu’er tea, just before the first steeping. Yunnan province, China
Boiling the mulberry tree bark , the first step in making paper to wrap pu’er tea.
Ms Li demonstrating how to pick tea. Yunnan province, China