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Hangzhou is home to a handful of tea plantations that grow longjing (green) tea. To see how the tea is picked (and taste a few cups yourself), head to Longjing Village. The spot is idyllic, tranquil and blissfully free from most tourists. There are two ways to get here: join a tour group, which will arrange for you to pick and drink the tea as well as learn how it is made; or simply visit on your own and ask a tea picker if you can join him or her (just wait for one of the villagers to invite you into their house to try and buy some tea). The latter will definitely happen — and probably within moments of your arrival — ensuring a truly local experience.