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Ancient tea tree in Yen Bai honoured

A ceremony was held in Suoi Giang commune, Van Chan district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai on September 20 to honour ancient tea tree, as part of the Muong Lo Culture and Tourism Week.

Visitors had a chance to learn about the process of picking, processing and enjoying shan tuyet tea and join cultural and sport activities such as pounding steamed rice cake, panpipe dancing, tug of war and pao throwing.

The annual event aimed to honour and improve the value of Suoi Giang tea brand in domestic and foreign markets, introduce cultural characteristics of the Mong ethnic people, attract investment to tourism and step up the construction of the Suoi Giang ecological tourism area, thus raising young generations’ awareness of protecting and developing Suoi Giang tea.

On the occasion, the Suoi Giang tea space was inaugurated.

Suoi Giang tea complex is now home to over 400 ancient shan tuyet tea trees which have been recognised as Vietnam heritage trees by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment.

Located around 1,200 to 2,200m above sea level, Suoi Giang commune in Van Chan district enjoys a cool climate all year round. The favourable geography, terrain and weather conditions have been the key to the development of tea trees which produce the well-known shan tuyet variety.

The latest figures show that Suoi Giang is home to 393 hectares of land for tea cultivation, three-fourths of them with ancient roots.