Zhang Ping Shui Xian Production in Photos

Zhang Ping Shui Xian (漳平水仙) refers to a style of compressed oolong made from the Shui Xian cultivar of Camellia sinensis. The tea is produced in Zhang Ping, Fujian Province. Below is a gallery that outlines the production of this tea style in photos. Thanks to Chenggui Wang (王城贵)for providing these photos. Click any of the images below to open the gallery view.


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Tony has been studying tea for over ten years and has traveled to many tea producing regions throughout Asia. His book, "Tea: A User's Guide" is available now.


  1. Ashley June 14, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

    SO beautiful! Wish I could smell it from here!

  2. Hillel Bromberg May 10, 2016 at 10:09 am - Reply

    This look gorgeous! Shui xian is one of my favorites but I’ve never seen it in this form. Do you know where is a reliable place to buy some? Thanks for this and your other informative posts.

    • Tony Gebely May 10, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Hi Hillel, Thanks! I’m not sure where to find this tea, mine were a gift. If I find a reliable source, I’ll pass it along. Cheers!

      • Nicole Burriss May 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

        I got mine from Hello Teatime! on AliExpress. I’ve only purchased from them once so I can’t speak to long term reliability and I have no knowledge of the company – sourcing, etc. But the tea was mighty good. 🙂

        • Hillel Bromberg May 10, 2016 at 2:21 pm - Reply

          Thanks Nicole. It doesn’t look outrageously expensive for what it is so I think I’ll give it a go. I should have figured AliExpress wold have it. They’ve got eeeeverything 😉

  3. Gerrit May 3, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Do you treat these squares the same as a pu’er brick? or do you steep the entire square?

    • Tony Gebely May 3, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Hi Gerrit, I typically break them up a bit. Totally personal preference.

  4. Debbie Warren April 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Great pictures of the process from start to finish! I am loving the colors in the “ready to drink” photo!

  5. Nicole April 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    This is amazing tea. I recently discovered it and love it. I had someone ask me why this tea gets pressed into the pillow shapes and I couldn’t answer. Is it a traditional shape for tea from this region/cultivar?

    • Tony Gebely April 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      I believe it is a regional thing, yes. Zhang Ping is the name of a county.

  6. Jeff April 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    How does this Hsui Hsien differ from a pochong (“wrapped tea”)? It looks pretty amazing!

    • Eric Scott August 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      I have also wondered about the connection to baozhong, Jeff. I’ve asked a couple of people and no one I’ve talked to seems confident that there is a connection. I’ve never seen a baozhong that is actually wrapped in anything, despite that being the literal translation of the name.

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