Last week I visited Li Hong at her new place of business. Still located in the Dong Cheng area of Dongguan city. Near the intersection of: XueYuan Road and Dong Cheng Zhong Road. As ref: the Pink #2 is the location of Mrs. Yang's store.
Map source: heredg.com.
As a collection of 40+ “sections/shops” under one roof, a unique set-up for this area. The consortium of 7 owners are rightly proud of this immaculate set of shops. The staff are enthusiastic, and are here to learn about the tea trade as a business.
I plan on 4 separate postings to cover this visit. In all we spent about 1 1/2 hrs here, after spending 2+ hrs at Mr’s Yangs “Getting drunk on tea” to quote Palao. Part 1 The Sore, Part B Pu-Erh detail, Part III: The Tables, Part 4: The staff and Tea Pots
At the entrance, you are greeted by a host, who will escort and help you navigate through sensory input overload. I would need to shop here for about a month to imprint what is on offer and get to know the place. Fortunately Li Hong has known Palao and myself for about 6 years, so in that regard we have a friend to help us.
Ground / Street level entrance .. Pu-Erh by the: pallet (栈板 zhànbǎn) load.
Every thing in these stores has a marked price .. clearly defined in Chinese with sell prices in both Chinese and “Western” numbers. Prices are, in my experience very fair. A small amount of bargaining is possible depending on the size of purchase made.