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Looking China: Tea Mountain, the place we call home


10-22-2017 10:50 BJT

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By CCTV.com Panview

Editor's foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation. The program focuses on the young participants’ personal experiences of Chinese culture and encourages them to discover and tell Chinese stories from their own perspectives.

As of the year 2017, students from all over the world were invited to participate in the project. They were stationed in 12 municipality, provinces and autonomous regions here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of "Craftsmanship·Inheritance·Innovation.”

The short movie "Tea Mountain", directed by Dmitry Konoplov and produced by Dong Shujun, presents a broad picture of tea mountains and tea workers in Xinyang of southeastern Henan Province, China. The view of tea mountains is magnificent and it's a complicated and hard job to produce wonderful tea.
Mr. Dai is a 82 years old tea grower, who has spent much of his whole life on tea mountains. He was born and got married there and plans to be buried on tea mountains as well. He is trying his best to pass his tea processing techniques to his son and grandson, with the hopes that they can make good tea with their whole hearts and souls.
Life is full of ups and downs, sometimes it strikes us so hard that we may want to give up. According to Mr. Dai, years ago, all the tea they produced were burned in a fire accident, the tea workers lost all their money, some of them wanted to commit suicide, since they lost their will to live. But after calming down, they decided to move on and rebuild their lives. Suicide is pointless, no matter what stands in our way, we should overcome it and carry on! And today, Mr. Dai and other tea workers live on beautiful tea mountains enjoying decent harvests every year.
The movie is filmed in Xinyang where a grand tea culture festival is held on April 28-30 every year. If you want to learn more about Chinese tea cultural, this is the movie for you and Xinyang is definitely a must place to visit!

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