Zhang Ping Shui Xian Production in Photos

by Tony Gebely 13

Zhang Ping Shui Xian (漳平水仙) refers to a style of compressed oolong made from the Shui Xian cultivar of Camellia sinensis. The tea is produced in Zhang Ping, Fujian Province. Below is a gallery that outlines the production of this tea style in photos. Thanks to Chenggui Wang (王城贵)for providing these photos. Click any of the images below to open the gallery view.

Tony Gebely

Tony has been studying tea for over ten years and has traveled to many tea producing regions throughout Asia. His book, "Tea: A User's Guide" is available now.

Comments (13)

  1. SO beautiful! Wish I could smell it from here!

  2. This look gorgeous! Shui xian is one of my favorites but I’ve never seen it in this form. Do you know where is a reliable place to buy some? Thanks for this and your other informative posts.

    1. Hi Hillel, Thanks! I’m not sure where to find this tea, mine were a gift. If I find a reliable source, I’ll pass it along. Cheers!

      1. I got mine from Hello Teatime! on AliExpress. I’ve only purchased from them once so I can’t speak to long term reliability and I have no knowledge of the company – sourcing, etc. But the tea was mighty good. 🙂

        1. Thanks Nicole. It doesn’t look outrageously expensive for what it is so I think I’ll give it a go. I should have figured AliExpress wold have it. They’ve got eeeeverything 😉

  3. Do you treat these squares the same as a pu’er brick? or do you steep the entire square?

    1. Hi Gerrit, I typically break them up a bit. Totally personal preference.

  4. Great pictures of the process from start to finish! I am loving the colors in the “ready to drink” photo!

  5. This is amazing tea. I recently discovered it and love it. I had someone ask me why this tea gets pressed into the pillow shapes and I couldn’t answer. Is it a traditional shape for tea from this region/cultivar?

    1. I believe it is a regional thing, yes. Zhang Ping is the name of a county.

  6. How does this Hsui Hsien differ from a pochong (“wrapped tea”)? It looks pretty amazing!

    1. I have also wondered about the connection to baozhong, Jeff. I’ve asked a couple of people and no one I’ve talked to seems confident that there is a connection. I’ve never seen a baozhong that is actually wrapped in anything, despite that being the literal translation of the name.

      1. There’s this, but I haven’t seen anything “in the field” related to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO1hBo8GqAY

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