I learned a lot, especially from episode 2 about Russia. I didn't know Russians were big tea drinkers but it turns out that the Russian demand for Chinese tea caused tea production in China to expand. Then in episode 3 there's the part about Robert Fortune who kidnapped 8 labourers & created Darjeeling tea, which was modelled after Lapsang Souchong. So I guess Darjeeling would be a good tea for gongfu cha? I'll have to try that out. & of course there's the grand finale about DaHongPao. It was cool to see the Jiu Long Ke cliff with the 6 original bushes. I thought they might have been in a more isolated location, but I guess monks had to be able to get to it hundreds of years ago:
I always wanted to see those darn bushes. That's a fantastic photo. I understand that only the government gets the tea made from those bushes, called "Diplomatic Tea". Thanks for the documentary links too, they look great.
Well now you know the name of the cliff. & the monks who produced the tea were/are at Yongle Temple, which was formerly known as Tianxin Temple. I guess the cliff is nearby. Now you can start your pilgrimage
The episode said they stopped harvesting from the original bushes fairly recently, like 2006(?) since there is enough production from the cultivated bushes now and they want the original bushes to rest.