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Growing Oolong tea for export in Vietnam

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 09:05 GMT+7

Bao Loc District, Lam Dong Province, is a hub of tea processing facilities, catering to both domestic and foreign markets.

Mother Nature’s gifts to Bao Loc are the perfect weather conditions for growing Oolong tea of such high quality that it can be compared to that grown in China, known as the birthplace of this special tea.

Oolong tea is preferred for its special effects on human health. After being partially fermented, Oolong tea maintains polyphenol content that boosts SOD, an enzyme that prevents free radicals, thus reducing cancer risks for consumers.

Other natural ingredients in Oolong tea leaves can slow aging and prevent freckles and wrinkles.

Over the years, Oolong tea growers in Bao Loc have won over strict markets, including the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan, sending the total area of qualified Oolong tea crops skyrocketing to some 4,000 hectares, creating more jobs for locals and improving their living standards.

Below are a series of photos by Nguyen Van Thuong featuring how Oolong tea is grown in the district.

These photos were one of the entries to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper's year-long competition themed “Vietnam – Country – People" concluding in October last year.

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Tea picking

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Tea drying

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Tea fermenting

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Tea drying

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Tea classification

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Packing for export

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