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The Cameron Highlands are Malaysia's largest tea growing area. Altitude differs from around 200m in the low fields up to 2000m in the high fields. The difference in altitude gives different tastes to the tea as well. I was told that the best tea was produced at higher altitude at around 1500m.

Fresh tea leaves are harvested only every three weeks. Every third year the plants are cut short after which it takes several months to get green again. The leaves are still harvested by hand picking, mostly by people from India and Bangladesh.

Weather conditions were pretty difficult that day with an almost completely overcast sky, however I was lucky to get a little sun here. The buss you see in the center of the photo passed us about 3-4 minutes before on the very narrow road. The very curved road with many dead angles without visibility and opposing traffic keep average speed very low for large vehicles.

Taken during a tour organised by the owners of the Father's Guesthouse in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.

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