Chinese Name: 勐腊莽枝古茶山
English Name: Mangzhi Tea Mountain in Mengla County, XishuangBanna
Keywords: Tea Culture, Six Tea Mountains in Mengla County, Xishuangbanna Attraction
Location: Mengla County of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All the day
About Mangzhi Tea Mountain
Located in the Mengla County（勐腊县） of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture（西双版纳傣族自治州）, Mangzhi Tea Mountain（莽枝古茶山） is one of the six tea mountains in the area of the riverside of the Lancang River（澜沧江）. There were a few ethnic groups living and planting tea trees in the Mangzhi Mountain over the past thousands of years. With a profound long history, plenty of businessmen who were from Central China came into Mansai Village（曼赛村）, Sudi Village（速底村） and other villages of the foot of the Mangzhi Mountain for tea trade in the late Ming dynasty（AD 1368-1644）. Some Han people came to Mangzhi Tea Mountain for tea trade by lodging in local people’s houses for a short time, because few Han people settled down there.
Located in the area of the riverside of the Lancang River, the Mangzhi Tea Mountain is one of the main six tea mountains which consists of the Youle Tea Mountain（攸乐古茶山）, Gedeng Tea Mountain（革登古茶山）, Yibang Tea Mountain（倚邦古茶山）, Mangzhi Tea Mountain（莽枝古茶山）, Manzhuan Tea Mountain（蛮砖古茶山） and Mansa Tea Mountain（慢撒古茶山）. Tightly bordering with Gedeng Tea Mountain and Kongming Mountain（孔明山）, there were a lot of tea plantations being built in Mangzhi Tea Mountain in Yuan dynasty（AD 1271-1368）. In the early years of the Qing dynasty（AD 1644-1912）， Niuguntang Village（牛滚塘村） of Mangzhi Tea Mountain had been the important tea distributing centre.
Most residents who were from other places living in the Niuguntang Village were engaged in the cultivation, collection and trading of tea. During the harvest time of spring tea in March, local tea farmers would go to the temple for praying their ancestors. At present, the temple has been ruined only lefting some lying monuments. The lush trees around the temple like a line of poems seems like recording the profound history of ‘Six Tea Mountains’（六大茶山）. In the meanwhile, we can imagine the magnificent events of the ‘Six Tea Mountains’ through the lying monuments.
The Glimpse of Geography
Located in the Xiangming Village of Mengla County, Mangzhi Tea Mountain was named ‘Mangzhi’ from the place called ‘Mang’ that the Politician Zhu Geliang（诸葛亮） buried a piece of copper from a legend. Although the acreage of the Mangzhi Tea Mountain is not big, the tea produced there is high-quality. The Mangzhi Tea Mountain was abandoned in the late 1940s and returned to life in the 1980s for all kinds of reasons.
You can take the shuttle bus from Jinghong City to Mengla County at Jinghong Coach Station and the ticket fee is 35 RMB per person. Then you can take a chartered bus to the Mangzhi Tea Mountain.
Attraction Travel Tips:
Traveling Seasons: All seasons
Traveling Hours: All day