Yongzhong Xie: Tireless Tea Master

Story by Yanmei Guan, courtesy of Cha Dao Life Magazine (Keemun Issue) Photographs by Aya The first time we met Yongzhong Xie, he strode into the Keemun tea factory with a 9-foot bamboo stick on his shoulder tied with fresh strands of bamboo leaves. He then used his self-made broom to clean the dust from high atop the machines just like the Monkey King. Early life “When tea shoots gradually grow after the first month of every lunar year,” said Mr. Xie, “I assume the opportunity f

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