What is “Good” Plantation Tea? – Translated Article

4 thoughts on “What is “Good” Plantation Tea? – Translated Article”

  1. A very good article. Price and quality are not hard linked, the label gushu immediately adds to the price without checking if it’s really gushu and without talking the taste into consideration. I have teas that come from plantations and are superb, I also have expensive gushu that I don’t really like. Plantation tea, IMHO, also makes the best use of blending (in general). These blended teas especially can sometimes be of the highest quality and en par with the best teas I can afford once in a while…


  2. I’m afraid that in the “True State of Affairs #3” you didn’t always translate Chinese numbers correctly.

    “600 billion RMB (approx. 1 billion USD).” should be 60 billion and 10 billion, respectively.

    “10,000 plus tons” should be 100,000.

    “200 billion RMB” should be 20 billion.

    “20,000 ton quantity” should be 200,000.

    “400 RMB” should be 40 billion.


    1. oops, so sorry about that! I get so focused on trying to make translations sound coherent, I completely flew over the hard numbers, which is a silly mistake…Fixed!


  3. Good article, thanks for sharing!
    The current situation on Kunming tea market is, when you enter the door of the tea shop, the vendor will shout at you : ” We sell only Gushu!” , without even giving you a chance to say “good afternoon” . We are still patiently waiting for that wave of Gu Shu mania going down. Need to understand the Chinese culture and way of doing the things. Many of those vendors in tea business are not actually tea lovers , but just a selling it as a product following simple marketing slogans in order to make a sale. It is easy to trigger any rumor which others will follow, so the promoting something what is relatively rare as being good ( or even the best ) is pretty easy here.
    Hope more people like you will follow those 2 simple rules you stated above. So for those who honestly claim what they sell will be much easier to do the tea business.


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