About Premium Wuyi Fo Shou (Buddha's Hand)
This Zhen Yan Fo Shou originates from Mi Tuo Yan (Amitabha rock), located inside the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area in Wuyishan City, Fujian Province, where also belongs to one of the ‘Zhengyan’ tea plantations. The tea produced from ‘Zhengyan’ plantation is considered the premium level due to its special flavour. The rocky surroundings endow the tea with a rich mineral content, which imparts a special mineral taste known as ‘Yanyun’. The lack of fertile soil here also ensures the tea leaves grow very slowly, accumulating a higher content of beneficial substances.
Fo Shou, in Chinese, called ‘Buddha’s hand’. It also has two alternative names called ‘Xiang Yuan’ or ‘Snow Pear’. It is an asexual variety, a shrub-like plant with large leaves. It belongs to the medium-growing species, and the harvesting period is in late April. Its leaves are palm-sized and resemble the shape of a mandarin orange. It was initially planted in a Buddhist temple, hence the name "Buddha's Hand."
Legend has it that in the 29th year of the Kangxi reign of the Qing Dynasty, an old monk from Qihu Rock in Anxi successfully grafted tea branches onto a Xiang Yuan tree. In the 43rd year of Kangxi's reign, the tea variety was introduced to Shifeng Village in Dapu, Yongchun. Due to its unique characteristics, it was further introduced to places like Wuyishan, where it merged with the local features and preserved the fragrance of Snow Pear while gaining the distinctive Wuyi rock essence.