Suoi Giang commune in Van Chan district, Yen Bai province is about 1400 meter above sea level. The commune is famous for the fresh air, high mountains, green forests and great Shan Tuyet tea plants which have been estimated to be a few hundred years old. There are tens of thousands of tea plants in the forests. Some are over 300 years old, about 10 m high, their shades are dozens of meters wide. Suoi Giang with soil and water that are suitable for Shan Tuyet tea. H’Mong people (one of the ethnic groups in Vietnam) have never fertilized the old tea plants, they are always green and provide lots of young tea leaves. So that Shan Tuyet tea made in Suoi Giang is organic and very good for the health.
Shan Tuyet tea made in Suoi Giang is considered as the best tea in Vietnam. It has been listed as one of “Top 10 specilaty foods to buy in Vietnam” by Vietnam Records Organization. The tea has been famous for 5 characteristics: extremely expensive, extremely rare, extremely pure, extremely hard to harvest and process.
Coming to Suoi Giang during the day, visitors can see not only the green forests but also bright and colorful dots on side of mountains. Those dots are H’mong people climbing onto the old tea plants to harvest green young tea leaves. Coming to Suoi Giang, it is a big chance to walk around the forests on the mountains, harvest Shan Tuyet tea, process and brew the tea yourself with the help of hospitable locals, then enjoy the unique drink you have made. Sipping Shan Tuyet Suoi Giang tea, listening to the flute music, trumpet music and songs performed by H’Mong men and women are the best way to enjoy your trip in Suoi Giang. Lastly, do not miss buying some Suoi Giang Shan Tuyet Tea to bring home. It will be a great gift for your family and friends.
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