The Dragon Well, in Chinese known as “longjing”, was discovered around 230 A.D. The well is rather small, measuring two meters in diameter, but of all the teas in China, Dragon Well tea is considered the best. Legend has it that the Emperor Qianlong passed through on an inspection, and after tasting the tea, decreed it as the “Imperial Tea”.
Today it is one of the best spots to buy tea. There is plenty to see, and if you’re looking to buy some tea, you are sure to find many eager people in the tea business touting leaves picked from their fields.
It is best to visit during the harvest period, which usually lasts from the first week of March until after May Holiday, when everyone is out in the field picking the tea fresh.