Life in Bada - a quiet village known for the local Pu'er tea

Our beautiful hike through the beauty of Xishuangbanna's tea mountains took us to Bada - a small village yet big enough to have one hotel with six rooms and one daily bus back to civilization. I was so happy to discover the hotel. As interesting as home-stays can be it can't beat the sight of white bed sheets and a private shower after an 8hour hike. Just what I wanted.  

In Bada it feels like time stands still but I think we stayed here for around three days. This gave us the opportunity to leave our belongings at the hotel and feel light & free when exploring the surrounding areas of forests, pu'er tea terraces and smaller villages.

As our hotel was located in the middle of Bada's main square where the locals met daily for morning noodles, fruit & veggie market and just for a chat we quickly became familiar with who was who: the fruit lady, the hotel & shop lady, the guy with the "restaurant", the noodle lady etc. To our surprise it seemed like the women were mainly "running the show" here in Bada. The locals were very friendly and we got plenty of chances to practice our Chinese. I have this habit of starting every conversation with: "Wode hanyu buhao" which means "my Chinese is not very good". I have to stop doing that and instead just pretend I'm amazing at Chinese and just speak. Practice practice practice. 

Bada is such a cute little village to visit and after three days: such a cute little village to leave. Silly as it seems I just can't wait to get back to civilization and have a latte, a smoothie and a big green salad. After some days back in Shanghai I will probably close my eyes and visualize myself sitting on that distant and quiet mountain in the sun, overviewing Bada's main square and doing my Chinese homework without anything else on my to-do list.        

In Bada

Morning market at the main square. The women are wearing their traditional Dai scarfs 

Breakfast noodles with the locals

Morning glory and delicious breakfast with fresh herbs

The surrounding forest areas 

After hiking mainly in open mountain terrains we enjoyed exploring the forest paths near Bada 

Beauty of nature

Pu'er tea terraces

We learned that when the tea is picked only the top three leaves of each plant is used

We learned that when the tea is picked only the top three leaves of each plant is used

Drying Pu'er tea which in traditional Chinese medicine is known to have several health benefits. The Chinese love their tea with and after dinner to help their digestion and both here in Xishuangbanna as well as back in Shanghai tea is served as the first and last thing at Chinese meals. We bought some of this local Pu' er tea to take back home and I will definitely get back into brewing and  pu'er tea and green tea is actually quite addictive when you get started and I find that brewing a pot and drinking it tempered during the day  is such a healthy & delicious habit