Day 8 Hangzhou

Today is Sunday. We are all back at Greentown Yuhua School, except for Mishael who’s on quite an adventure!!! Today went to the tea plantation. We started off at the tea museum and learned about how big of an impact tea has had on the world in diplomatic and cultural affairs. We learned about tea’s role in the Silk Road and beyond to all different cultures. In fact, the American revolution was sparked one could argue because of a shipment of tea. Then, we went on a hike to the top of a mountain that overlooked Hangzhou and the tea agriculture. unfortunately, a lot of us were tired and hot but the breathtaking view definitely made it for it!! Next, we went to a tea ceremony and learned of all the benefits of green tea. Apparently, you can put tea bags on your eyes to relieve puffiness and if you drink tea, you can cleanse your system. However, a few of us were more than skeptical of the presentation which was a bit of tourist trap. Luckily, most of us escaped without spending too much 😉 . Nonetheless, seeing tea being prepared in a traditional way was super fascinating. As a tea lover, I was glad to have about six cups of tea to the masters dismay. I’m sure Antonia was in tea heaven. Then, we went back to our host families for a goodbye dinner which was DELICIOUS!!! I’m going to miss them so much. They have been so good to me and I hope I can see frank and his mother and all of his friends again one day.

Day 8 Hangzhou

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