Malaysian Tea Plantation Visit

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Malaysian Tea Plantation Visit

by Herb_Master » Mar 31st, '09, 18:26

Down at sea level Malaysia may be hot - unbearably hot at times
- but a cool breeze blows once you get higher up in the Tittiwangsa.
2 Years ago Larra took me to Frazer's Hill, I was fine but she needed
to invest in something with longer arms and thicker wool to keep her
warm in the evenings.

Last year she took me to the Genting Gighlands, watching her
favourite Kenny G in concert she would not have
worried how cold it was.

This year we visited the Cameron Highlands -
equipped with boots for Jungle Trekking,
waterproofs for the inescapable afternoon showers, and enthusiasm to try the local tea.

The Cameron highlands produce Malaysia's finest tea,
maybe not in the same league
as finest Ceylon, Assam or Darjeeling
it is highly sought after in S.E. Asia
and none is exported to the west.

The rolling hills and valleys do not look ideal
for plantation growing and harvesting
but make a vivid landscape.

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The view above shows the road down which we were about to drive to the Boh Tea Company Tea Factory and Visitor Centre

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The tea bushes are shaped so as to remind me of something ?
Possibly the scales on a fish,
or the marks on the back of a turtle?
The white flag is for the benefit of light aircraft,
showing them where to drop pesticides.

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The picture above shows a quality expert at work –
inspecting the leaf
The bushes are harvested by 2 workers holding a tea machine
which they manipulate along the top of the bushes

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walking down the paths between the bushes –
one worker each on adjacent paths.
In the olden days leaves were hand plucked, but now alas not so often

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The bushes are picked EVERY 21 days –
- The brownish bushes in the distance had been recently cropped and were down to bare twigs –

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-in less than 3 weeks they would look as green as the rest and be ready for another harvesting.

We drove down the road and parked by the workers accommodation
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Plenty of eggs for the villagers

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As long as the livestock was protected from natural predators.

On our way towards the centre, a commotion of wailing women
came running up the road screaming,
a man was hurriedly summoned,
racing down the road he stopped at a car,
took something from the car boot and
ran past the women.

A gigantic snake was devouring some fruit
in one of their trees
and the man we had seen was the official village snakecatcher.
I was tempted to follow to see him in action,
but opted for the visitor path instead

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which dropped down to the left and then climbed up to the magnificently sited tea room

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Now you know some Malysian

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across the valley there were workers in the fields

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Some carrying huge loads

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we watched the workers,
whilst having tea and cakes, from the viewing platform.
2 teas without milk and sugar and one with

Then descended the path again to wander amongst the plantation

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Exploring the bushes

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and the access roads

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until one or the other of us was tired
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then walked back below the viewpoint cafe
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where we had been an hour earlier
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by woozl » Mar 31st, '09, 18:32

Stunning!
Thank you for sharing

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by jazz88 » Mar 31st, '09, 18:42

Thank you for sharing! Enjoyed your images a lot!

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by Chip » Mar 31st, '09, 18:46

Wow, thanks so much for sharing! One day I will have to try a Malaysian tea. Rarely see them if ever.

... and another day visit the far reaches of Asia :idea:

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by Herb_Master » Mar 31st, '09, 19:07

Chip wrote:Wow, thanks so much for sharing! One day I will have to try a Malaysian tea. Rarely see them if ever.

... and another day visit the far reaches of Asia :idea:
I can recommend the Palas Supreme to those who like their Black Tea fragrant and delicate

https://www.boh.com.my/shop/index.php?m ... lter_id=26

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by Janine » Mar 31st, '09, 21:24

These photos are beautiful. Thank you so much! I will read more closely when I have more time later.

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by tenuki » Mar 31st, '09, 21:42

Thanks for sharing! Like the new icon too. :)

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by Dreamer » Mar 31st, '09, 22:04

Awesome!
Thanks so much for sharing!

-Dreamer

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by sp1key » Mar 31st, '09, 22:06

nice shots herb

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by Wan Ling » Jun 15th, '09, 17:01

Lovely pictures and information Herbmaster. Look forward to your future adventures.

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by Mrs. Chip » Jun 15th, '09, 17:11

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely
Herb_Master, your pictures ROCK!
Makes me 'Wish I Were There."

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