Hill Country

Took a bus to Nannoushan outside of Menghai. Some minority people (Bai?) were selling their wares beside the road. The women all wore the same headress, blue and white plaid. We hiked on dirt roads into the hills. Several motorcycles passed us. It was warm, humid and smelled earthy. This mountain, Nannoushan Mountain, is famous in tea because it is very ancient. We could see very old tea bushes that looked more like trees. Long ago, tea grown here was compressed into molds and carried by porters to Tibet and northern China. This pu’er tea is special because by compressing the tea and aging it, the tea changes in flavor. We walked through two villages. A couple of men answered our hello, but generally the people were shy.

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