It is not a big surprise that tea is most common beverage in Tibet. Yes, no problem. Black tea from Chinese Yunnan province mixed with Yak butter and salt. This is the famous drink prepared in Tibetan families for ages. But we are talking about green tea manufactured in very remote place called Yigong Lake in altitude 9,000 feet.



Yak Butter  and Tea

Yak butter and cheap Chinese tea of lowest grades in the market in Lhasa.

Tea Room tibet

Tibetan tea room.

Tea Stalks

Not only tea stalks but little branches in the poor tea imported to Tibet.

Tea Garden Picture

This picture of beautiful tea garden which was on the wall in the high Chinese official office has inspired us. We decided to find it.

Tibet Map

Little light spot in the right upper corner is the place where the only green tea garden is situated.

Tibetan Green Tea

Green tea from Tibet is ofered only to Chinese high officials in modern sealed packings.

Tea Plantations Tibet

Tea bushes are protected by stone walls so local cattle and wild deers cannot pasture fresh leaves.

Tibet Tea House

Maozedong once visited this place and decided to grow tea here. His summer house is stil there.

Lichen on Tea Bush

Because tea garden is in altitude 9,000 feet there is a lichen on the branches.

Tibetan Tea Pluckers

Tea leaves are plucked during the day but in only very small amounts.

Tea Manufacture Tibet

Processing is situated in modern houses and starts in the evening.

Heating Tea Pans

Pans for shaping are heated from outside.

Electric Drying

Final drying and shaping is processed in the night on electric heaters.

Tibetan Mao Jian

But the final tea is really delicious. It is called Mao Jian but not because Maozedong. Mao means “hairy” buds.

Experienced and photographed by Ales Jurina.