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Tea harvest season in Yen Bai

Tea-harvesting season takes place in the province of Yen Bai, part of the Vietbac tea region in northern Vietnam at the end of March and beginning of April.

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During this timeframe, the Snow Shan tea, a famous speciality of Yen Bai, enters its prime harvest season.

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The tea-harvesting season begins in Yen Bai every spring, with many farmers heading out into the fields to collect leaves for the perfect hot drink.

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The Vietnamese people divide tea into six categories based on processing techniques: green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea, dark tea and yellow tea.  

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Depending on the type of tea, the crops will then go through a variety of treatment, including steaming, withering, heating, rolling, oxidation and drying.

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All of these steps are still done by human hands, which will make sure the final products carry the best flavour.  

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Vietnam is known as one of the first countries in the world to cultivate and drink tea leaves.

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People from northern Vietnam started enjoying the brew as early as 1122BC, according to historic records.

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The Snow Shan tea leaf is robust and can be brewed up to seven times before it loses its flavour.

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Finish products

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A cup of tea
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