On way to highland tea gardens near Phou San. This seems to be local people planting with a small scale Chinese or Lao Chinese roaster just setting up. Its not a plantation or Chinese owned or a concession. Lao farmers.
Solar drier being set up
My associate Mr. Xiong a Lao Hmong tea farmer providing me with Pou San Tea..from his forest tea planting.
Pa Xiong explained tea roasting process by single farmer.
Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. 100 year old tea. Phou San Mountain tea. Probably a Puer varietal from China. Local legends say that the original Phou San tea seedlings were donated from the last Emporer of China about 1915. The tea trees are now 2.2 meters
Xieng Khouang Province
Forest teas..seedlings from 100 year old tea trees donated by the Emporer of China in 1910..the legend.