Though tea gardens in Jingshan Township of east China’s Zhejiang Province have turned quiet after the end of a busy spring harvest season, locals continue to live bustling lives welcoming tourists.
Getting up early in the morning, Sheng Wen and her husband prepared rice cakes, Chinese sticky rice dumplings, bamboo shoot porridge and, most importantly, Jingshan green tea, for guests of their Airbnb.
“I was born in the township’s Jingshan Village and worked in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang, after graduating from university,” said Sheng. “As my family gradually moved to the city, the old house in the village stood idle and empty. In recent years, the flourishing tourism industry in Jingshan has encouraged more homestays, and I jumped on the bandwagon in 2018, turning the old house into an Airbnb.”
Though his house has only been open for a year, chatting with guests from different places about the scenery and…