Fri, March 11, 2011
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A cup of tea is a cup of profit

2011-03-11 13:48:48 GMT2011-03-11 21:48:48(Beijing Time)  China Daily

The first batch of newly stir-fried Dafo Longjing tealeaves are fanned in a teashop in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on March 9. These tea leaves were fully bought up by tea dealers from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. [Photo/Xinhua]

A customer observes the color of the water with Longjing tea in it in Xinchang county, March 10, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tea growers are harvesting fresh Longjing tea leaves in Xichang county, Zhejiang province, March 10, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A fresh Longjing leaf bud is waiting to be harvested on a mountain in Xinchang county, March 9, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xinchang county, in East China's Zhejiang province, has more than 1,500 years of tea making history.

In 1998, the county government initiated a unified management, purchasing and processing system. A consolidated brand – Dafo Longjing – was also established. The previous separated tea makers were pooled into a single company.

Tea making is Xinchang's No 1 agricultural industry at present. A total of 5,510 tons of tea were produced in the county, worth more than 540 million yuan.

About 18% of the farmers' income comes from the tea.

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