News of China's early Spring harvest
The past 40 days have seen the earliest tea harvests begun, and other developments in Chinese Spring tea:
Established areas with more premium teas are also beginning to report on harvest conditions:
China's domestic market is known to place a premium on teas harvested before QingMing (April 4th, 5th, or 6th), so earlier Spring teas can often fetch higher prices. The most exquisite Longjing (Dragonwell) teas have been sold for more than their weight in gold in years past.
New areas of tea production are increasing their yields while more familiar tea provinces experience flatter growth or declines