Hi. I hope this is the right place for this topic. I've read for years that the area encompassing the old dashu fauna, which we use for pu'er, spread from Yunnan to Sichuan, and also that the old attested tea processing area was in Sichuan (Leshan? Yibin? Emei?). I lived in Chongqing for years but could never find the right area to investigate. Based on its fame and historical provenance I thought Emei would be the right spot but found nothing on old trees there. Then I remembered that Chongqing and Yibin were producing tuocha up to the 90s, even oddities like oolong tuos.
My search yielded this information in Chinese: http://www.ybcha.com/Article/ShowArticl ... icleID=711
I'm wondering two things, perhaps someone here has the right information.
Was any maocha picked from these trees used in the Yibin tuos and/or the tuos from surrounding areas? Those were supposedly made of maocha from several areas in Sichuan (I read that regarding one of the Chongqing tuos, I think.) Are any of these trees being used to produce tea? I tried looking up for tea companies in Huangshan and found nothing about old tea tree but my chinese only goes so far.