Mae Salong Tea
Jerry Redfern
The Mae Salong valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang in the middle of the 20th Century. They had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea, a trade they learned from Taiwanese growers.

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  • A Burmese laborer works in a tea plantation in Mae Salong. While the plantations are owned and run by Chinese Thais, much of the fieldwork is done by migrant Burmese labor.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A Burmese laborer works in a tea plantation in Mae Salong. While the plantations are owned and run by Chinese Thais, much of the fieldwork is done by migrant Burmese labor.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: A Burmese laborer works in a tea plantation in Mae Salong. While the plantations are owned and run by Chinese Thais, much of the fieldwork is done by migrant Burmese labor. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A Burmese laborer works in a tea plantation in Mae Salong. While the plantations are owned and run by Chinese Thais, much of the fieldwork is done by migrant Burmese labor.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A Burmese laborer works in a tea plantation in Mae Salong. While the plantations are owned and run by Chinese Thais, much of the fieldwork is done by migrant Burmese labor.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: A Burmese laborer works in a tea plantation in Mae Salong. While the plantations are owned and run by Chinese Thais, much of the fieldwork is done by migrant Burmese labor. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • An overview of some of the myriad tea plantations in Mae Salong. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.An overview of some of the myriad tea plantations in Mae Salong. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: An overview of some of the myriad tea plantations in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • An overview of some of the myriad tea plantations in Mae Salong. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.An overview of some of the myriad tea plantations in Mae Salong. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: An overview of some of the myriad tea plantations in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Freshly-picked tea drying in the sun along the highway through Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Freshly-picked tea drying in the sun along the highway through Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Freshly-picked tea drying in the sun along the highway through Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Views of Tea Plantations in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Oolong tea leaves are crushed in a machine to begin the fermentation process at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory, a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Oolong tea leaves are crushed in a machine to begin the fermentation process at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory, a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Oolong tea leaves are crushed in a machine to begin the fermentation process at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory, a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A ball of crushed Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory, a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A ball of crushed Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory, a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: A ball of crushed Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory, a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A ball of crushed Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory,  a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A ball of crushed Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory,  a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: A ball of crushed Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory, a small family-run tea factory in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A worker checks the water content of tea leaves in a tumbling tea dryer  at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A worker checks the water content of tea leaves in a tumbling tea dryer  at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: A worker checks the water content of tea leaves in a tumbling tea dryer at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A worker spreads tea mixed with jasmine flowers in a drying rack at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A worker spreads tea mixed with jasmine flowers in a drying rack at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: A worker spreads tea mixed with jasmine flowers in a drying rack at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A worker spreads tea mixed with jasmine flowers in a drying rack at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A worker spreads tea mixed with jasmine flowers in a drying rack at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: A worker spreads tea mixed with jasmine flowers in a drying rack at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Ethnic Burmese workers pluck stems from trays of Oolong tea leaves in a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Ethnic Burmese workers pluck stems from trays of Oolong tea leaves in a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Ethnic Burmese workers pluck stems from trays of Oolong tea leaves in a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Oolong tea dries on split bamboo and ratan racks at a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Oolong tea dries on split bamboo and ratan racks at a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Oolong tea dries on split bamboo and ratan racks at a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • An ethnic Burmese worker breaks up balls of crushed fresh tea leaves in a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The leaves are quickly crushed and then dried to produce Oolong's characteristic flavor. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.An ethnic Burmese worker breaks up balls of crushed fresh tea leaves in a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The leaves are quickly crushed and then dried to produce Oolong's characteristic flavor. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: An ethnic Burmese worker breaks up balls of crushed fresh tea leaves in a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The leaves are quickly crushed and then dried to produce Oolong's characteristic flavor. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A young girl slides down bags of freshly picked and dried tea leaves at a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A young girl slides down bags of freshly picked and dried tea leaves at a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: A young girl slides down bags of freshly picked and dried tea leaves at a tea factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Locally made teas for sale at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Locally made teas for sale at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Locally made teas for sale at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Fresh Oolong tea balls in a teacup at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. Oolong tea is traditionally rolled into little balls during processing.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Fresh Oolong tea balls in a teacup at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. Oolong tea is traditionally rolled into little balls during processing.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Fresh Oolong tea balls in a teacup at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. Oolong tea is traditionally rolled into little balls during processing. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Fresh green tea leaves at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Fresh green tea leaves at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Fresh green tea leaves at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A sample of Oolong tea in a porcelain cup at a tea tasting room in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A sample of Oolong tea in a porcelain cup at a tea tasting room in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: A sample of Oolong tea in a porcelain cup at a tea tasting room in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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  • Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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  • Fresh Oolong tea prepared for tasting at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Fresh Oolong tea prepared for tasting at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Fresh Oolong tea prepared for tasting at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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  • Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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  • Phantipa, one of the owners of the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand, transfers fresh tea from one glass to another during a tasting.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Phantipa, one of the owners of the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand, transfers fresh tea from one glass to another during a tasting.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Phantipa, one of the owners of the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand, transfers fresh tea from one glass to another during a tasting. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Hot tea is poured from a steeping pot into a serving pot at a tea tasting at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Hot tea is poured from a steeping pot into a serving pot at a tea tasting at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Hot tea is poured from a steeping pot into a serving pot at a tea tasting at the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Cups are set for tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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  • Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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  • Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A tiny tea pot with Chinese characters at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A tiny tea pot with Chinese characters at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: A tiny tea pot with Chinese characters at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Freshly processed tea leaves steep in hot water at a tea tasting at the Mae Salong Central Hill tea tasting room. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Portrait of an ethnic Akha woman at the tourist market in Mae Salong.Portrait of an ethnic Akha woman at the tourist market in Mae Salong.
  • Portrait of a charismatic Akha man in Mae Salong.Portrait of a charismatic Akha man in Mae Salong.
  • Portrait of a charismatic Akha man in Mae Salong. His headdress sports buttons from the Thai Boy Scouts.Portrait of a charismatic Akha man in Mae Salong. His headdress sports buttons from the Thai Boy Scouts.
  • Portrait of the proprietor at a tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Portrait of the proprietor at a tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 17/05/2010: Portrait of the proprietor at a tea tasting at a small family-run tea shop in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • An ethnic Burmese worker at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. His teeth show the effect of years of chewing betel nut.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.An ethnic Burmese worker at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. His teeth show the effect of years of chewing betel nut.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: An ethnic Burmese worker at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. His teeth show the effect of years of chewing betel nut. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Portrait of Phantipa, one of the owners of the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Portrait of Phantipa, one of the owners of the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Portrait of Phantipa, one of the owners of the Ming Yong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Thai customers sip oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory along the main road in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Thai customers sip oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory along the main road in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Thai customers sip oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory along the main road in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Thai customers sip oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory along the main road in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Thai customers sip oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory along the main road in Mae Salong, Thailand.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Thai customers sip oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory along the main road in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • A man samples fresh Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.A man samples fresh Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. 
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: A man samples fresh Oolong tea at the Yeng Hong Tea Factory in Mae Salong, Thailand. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand.Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Traditional Chinese decorations at the Mae Salong Villa hotel and restaurant.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Traditional Chinese decorations at the Mae Salong Villa hotel and restaurant.
The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 16/05/2010: Traditional Chinese decorations at the Mae Salong Villa hotel and restaurant. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern
  • Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
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      Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Thailand - 18/05/2010: Chinese New-Year decorations adorn a home's front door in Mae Salong. The local valley was settled by ethnic Chinese allied with the Kuomintang who had been chased out of China by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces. They brought their culture with them and created a small corner of China in Northern Thailand. While famous for growing and refining heroin in past decades, in recent years locals have made their living growing world-class Oolong tea.
      Credit: Jerry Redfern

 

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