The Tea Growing Areas of Asia

Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture is on the central eastern coast facing the Pacific Ocean. The name Shizuoka translates as "Tranquil Hills." The area provides a pristine cultivating area for tea because of its adequate rainfall and thick fog. Tea has been produced in this region for more than 800 years.

Doi Mae Salong is home to 4,500 rai (28,125 hectares) of tea plantations. Much of the tea produced here is Taiwanese-style oolong grown by descendants of Chinese soldiers who fled the Chinese revolution in 1949.

Li Shan (Pear Mountain) is located in central Taiwan. The tea grown in this area is known as the "King of Teas." It has a fruity fragrance that makes it unique in the world of oolong tea.

Vietnam has a strong tea culture dating back thousands of years. As a neighbor of China (sharing borders with Yunnan province) tea is native to Vietnam with wild tea trees growing the mountainous regions of the north.

Taiwan is a subtropical island situated off the south-east coast of China. Taiwan is most famous for its oolong tea, but also produces green tea and black tea.

Sri Lanka produces Ceylon tea which is characterized by its crisp, citrus aroma. There is a good variety of Ceylon tea thanks to the various altitudes and soil conditions where the tea is grown.