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Yunnan, China

Wikipedia: Yunnan | Official Government Website: www.yn.gov.cn 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2013 

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About Yunnan, China | Tea-Producing Regions of Yunnan, China | Styles of Tea Produced in Yunnan, China | Best (Top-Rated) Yunnan Teas

About Yunnan, China

A canopy of large tea treesA canopy of ancient tea trees in Yunnan province, courtesy of The Tea Urchin, originally posted in He Kai Ancient Tea Garden
Yunnan(云南) is the southwesternmost province of China, and is known for being the origin of a number of rich and diverse styles of tea. Yunnan borders Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Tibet in China, and also borders Vietnam, Laos, and Burma.

Yunnan's climate and topography is diverse, with many mountains, but the climate tends to be mild, and tends to have strongly seasonal rainfall in keeping with the pattern of the Asian monsoon, with very wet summers and very dry winters. In the warmest parts of the province, the climate is closer to a tropical wet-dry climate, with only slightly cooler winters; the cooler areas have more of a subtropical climate with cool, dry winters.

Yunnan is best known for Pu-erh tea, a unique style that originated in the region and is still produced primarily in the region. Yunnan also produces black teas (such as Yunnan red / dian hong), and green teas, many of which have unique qualities setting them apart from other styles of tea.

Much of the tea produced in Yunnan province is produced in a system of permaculture, with ancient tea trees, some hundreds of years old, grown in a tree-like habit. In these regions, people pick the tea leaves by climbing the trees. The forests of tea trees in these areas support biodiversity that is much greater than that found in most monoculture tea plantations, with epiphytes, including moss, lichens, and flowering plants, growing on the tea trees.

Tea-Producing Regions of Yunnan, China

Styles of Tea Produced in Yunnan, China

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Yunnan, China.

Best Yunnan Teas

The notion of the "best" Yunnan teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Yunnan, China, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

Picture of Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea

Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Pu-erh Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
49
7 Ratings
Picture of Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan)

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Yunnan Gold
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
51
6 Ratings
Picture of Yunnan Noir

Yunnan Noir

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
62
4 Ratings
Picture of Yunnan Breakfast

Yunnan Breakfast

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Red
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
37
4 Ratings
Picture of Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip

Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Yunnan Gold
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
33
4 Ratings

Top-Rated Yunnan Teas

Picture of Wild Snow Sprout Tea

Wild Snow Sprout Tea

Brand:Wild Tea Qi
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
98
3 Ratings
Picture of 2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha

2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
97
3 Ratings
Picture of Ancient Baked Heart Tea

Ancient Baked Heart Tea

Brand:Wild Tea Qi
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
94
3 Ratings
Picture of Pu Erh Hazelberry

Pu Erh Hazelberry

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Flavored Pu-erh
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
93
3 Ratings
Picture of Yunnan Gold

Yunnan Gold

Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Yunnan Gold
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
71
3 Ratings

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