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Got an email from Jeff Yang of Hunan Provincial Yiqingyuan Tea Industry Co.
Due to droughts in Guizhou, Guangxi, and Yunnan provinces there could be a smaller crop of spring teas from this area. This could have an effect on the quantities and quality of Silver Needle, Dian Hong, and Pu’er teas from Yunnan province. Guangxi and Guizhou are not original sources for famous teas, but may provide lower cost imitations of more well known teas from other locales.
Other more critical tea-producing areas were affected by late frosts in March. Anhui, Fujian, Hubei, Hunan, and Zhejiang provinces may be delayed in their production. Depending on how well the tea was protected from frost, this could affect many more kinds of tea. Some of which include: Anji Bai, Maofeng, Liu An Gua Pian, Silver Needle, Bai Mu Dan, and maybe some spring Tie Guan Yin.
Thanks to Jeff for sharing this Xinhua.net photo of the drought areas:by