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Gunung Mas, Java, Indonesia


"Gunang Mas Tea Plantation, Java", 1994 watercolor, 6.5" x 10.0" inches

Gunung Mas Tea Plantation is near the 1500 meter Puncak Pass in the mountains in central Java between Bogor and Bandung. It's a government operated tea plantation where the tea is grown and processed. Most of the tea is exported from here to England, Europe and the United States. Historically the plantation had been established first by the Dutch for the same purposes. The tea bushes here are up to 50 years old. The fields look like a manicured formal garden on rolling hills since they are always trimmed neatly in long waving rows. The different plots are separated by a corner marking poinsetta tree that towers over the rows. The several out-buildings here are used frequently for VIP and government meetings because of the cooler isolated location.

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