Shan Tea Offers Hope for Poverty Alleviation

Grown at an altitude of 800-1,000 metres above sea level, the Shan tea from Na Hang district in Tuyen Quang province boasts a great flavour and has won the hearts of tea lovers far and wide. The trees also give local people a way out of poverty.


Pac Cung hamlet in Thuong Nong commune, Na Hang district, Tuyen Quang province is known for its 8 hectares of shan tea plantations. These tea trees, which are 30 to 36 years old, produce large and thick leaves with a strong flavor, thanks to their high altitude cultivation at 800-1,000 meters above sea level.

For the San Chi ethnic minority people in Pac Cung hamlet, tea production has become a crucial source of income, with four harvests per year and a stable sales price of approximately $14 per kilogram. However, technical barriers and limited transportation infrastructure still pose challenges for local tea growers in fully maximizing their potential.

In Na Hang district, 15 local households, companies, and cooperatives take care of over 1,100 shan tea trees. To ensure sustainable income and improve quality, the local authorities have been promoting standardized processing procedures for tea production.

To support the sustainable development of shan tea plantations, Na Hang district has implemented a plan for developing specialty tea trees in the period from 2021 to 2025, with a vision for 2030. This plan aims to create job opportunities for nearly 5,000 workers through tea processing and trading, increase local incomes, and foster the district’s economic growth while preserving its ecosystem.