Relatively new tea growing areas are now found north of the Yangzi Jiang River in the provinces of Gansu, Henan, Shaanxi and Shandong, as well as the northern parts of Anhui, Jiangsu and Hubei. Some good quality teas are produced here despite the less than ideal conditions: the soil quality is poor in some areas - almost desert-like; rainfall is low at 700 - 1,000 mm (28 - 40 in) annually; temperatures are cold, averaging around 12oC (55oF), sometimes falling below freezing.
The better teas from these Northerly regions come from the mountainous areas: Lu An Gua Pian, Huo Shan Huang Ya, and - from Henan - Xin Yang Mao Jian.
- Gascoyne, K. Marchand, F., Desharnais, J., Américi, H. (2014) Tea: History Terroirs Varieties, Ontario, Canada, Firefly Books. ISBN 9781770853195.