Yet another dry spring.  It rained last night for the first time in ages and it looks like it could rain again any time. We need it. The situation looks even more severe than last year – there is also very little tea, and the price is spiralling – tales of taidi maocha from Bulang Shan selling for 50 yuan a kilo.  A friend brought some tea back from Youle, but it wasn’t very promising. And last night someone phoned from Lao Ban Zhang to offer some tea at 1,800 yuan/kilo – it wasn’t a hoax.

A little rain could make a big difference.