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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tea-Infused Retreats In The Serenity Of The Fuchun Hills

Fuchun Resort in China launches Tea Retreat packages from April including picking Longjing tea and exclusive tea spa treatments

Set in over 150 acres of tea plantations and nature, the award-winning Fuchun Resort, nestled among picturesque hills and tea terraces in Hangzhou, China, has launched a new package offering luxurious tea-infused retreats to this idyllic location in the shadow of the Fuyang Mountain.  Combining picking the famous Longjing tea that is local to the area, tea-based massage treatments and tea sets overlooking the Resort's peaceful lake, the Tea Retreat Package is available from April 1st onwards, right at the beginning of the tea-picking season.

The launch of the package coincides with the Qing Ming Festival holiday that arrives on April 2-4, marking the annual start of the tea-picking season in and around Fuchun Resort Golf Course. The season goes all the way from Spring 'till Summer each year. It is in April that the tips of the Longjing tea leaves are at their most tender.

The one and two-night stay Tea Retreat packages not only provide luxury accommodation on one of Fuchun Resort's 41 suites, but also the opportunity for residents to head out into the depths of the resort to pick their own Longjing tea leaves. Best picked just after the sun has risen over the lake at the resort, residents join Fuchun Resort's very own Tea Master in the tea plantations. After spending over an hour in the plantations collecting the tea leaves, residents will join the Tea Master in pan-frying the leaves to halt the oxidization process so that the leaves maintain their natural flavor as much as possible. The Tea Master then creates a fully packaged Fuchun Resort branded bag of tea leaves for the residents to take home.

Longjing is considered the crème de la crème of green teas for its leaves' very tight and flat shape, with a light green color. The leaves are very delicate and somewhat uniform in their appearance, therefore maintaining the high quality and consistency that Fuchun Resort's tea has become associated with. The health benefits from drinking Longjing tea are wide ranging, and due to the minimum preparation of the leaves prior to drinking, the leaves' contain beneficial antioxidants that help cleanse the body. In fact, it is said that one cup of white tea contains approximately 12 times as many antioxidants as a glass of fresh orange juice.

With the health benefits in mind, the Tea Retreat package also offers residents the chance to enjoy a 60-minute Himalayan yoga session with Indian Yoga Master Yogacharya Gireesananda, who boasts 25 years of experience around the world.

As an option instead of yoga, residents can choose the Dragon Well Foot Treatment at the award-winning Fuchun Spa.  Using the Longjing tea picked from within the vast resort, Fuchun Spa's 60-minute signature Dragon Well Foot Treatment has become one of the Spa's signature treatments. The Longjing tea helps to detoxify the skin in the feet and creates an invigorating feeling through the five stages of the treatment. First the feet are soaked in tea-infused warm water, before the fresh Longjing tea leaves are combined with mint and lime for a cleansing scrub that clears bacteria, removes dead skin and opens the pores of the feet to fully absorb the essence of the tea leaves. This is followed by a Sea and Epsom Salt rub that helps relax the feet before a massage and essential oils with peppermint and lemon are worked into the feet to offer a cooling and refreshing finish.


All stays are for single or double occupancy in a Suite at Fuchun Resort

1 Night Stay – RMB 4,500++ / 2 Night Stay – RMB 3,450++ per night

·         A welcoming Tea set at Lake Lounge for two
·         In-room fresh fruit basket and snacks
·         Daily Lake Lounge set menu breakfast for two
·         Hour-long Longjing tea-picking experience
·         Longjing Tea Gift pack
·         Signature Dragon Well Foot treatment for two, or

60 minute Himalayan Yoga Session for two

Third night at a supplement of RMB 2,790++ per room per night

Stand-alone pricing for Tea-picking activity: RMB 350 per person


Consistently recognized as one of China and Asia's leading resorts and spas, Fuchun Resort is nestled among the lush, tea-covered hills in Fuyang, Hangzhou, two and a half hours from Shanghai. Hidden along the banks of the Fuchun River, the resort is situated in over 150 acres of private land, and is home to a luxury resort hotel, 17 private villas, a Spa and an exclusive golf club. A member of both Leading Hotels of the World and Leading Spas, Fuchun Resort has won numerous prestigious awards including the 2011 World Travel Awards for Asia's Leading Luxury Golf Resort, Asia's Leading Villa and China's Leading Resort.

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(Clockwise from top left): Longjing Tea Plantations surrounding the Fuchun Resort Golf Course; looking across the tea plantations to the main hotel, Fuchun Resort's Tea Master picking tea leaves, Fuchun Resort's Tea packaging, The main hotel building at Fuchun Resort at Dusk


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