I must admit: I am addicted to tea, especially green tea. I love the taste and all the benefits it has to offer: bioactive compounds that improve health, improved brain function, increased fat burning and physical performance, and all the antioxidants that lower the risk of various types of cancer. China is the home of green tea and if you love tea just as much as me, there’s one place you should definitely go and see: The China National Tea Museum in Hangzhou.
Here is the Complete Guide To Visiting The Tea Museum In Hangzhou:
The museum is a one-of-a-kind exhibition center dedicated to tea and was opened in 1991. It is located in Longjing (Dragon Well) Village, west of charming West Lake. It’s not only a museum but also a tea plantation where a number of different teas are growing and harvested, the most famous one being the Hangzhou Longjing tea. It is the only museum in China with a tea theme.
88 Longjing Rd, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Take bus no. 27 or 87 and get off at Shuangfeng Station. Entrance free.
What to see?
The museum is a gem because it logically guides the visitor through China’s tea history in four groups of buildings. The exhibition building is divided ino six halls to show the history of growing and processing of tea.: the Hall of Tea History, the Kaleidoscope Hall, the Hall of Tea Properties, the Tea-friendship Hall, the Tea Sets Hall, and the Tea Customs Hall. I found the Customs Hall especially interesting because it gives insight in the tea culture of the Chinese minority groups.
The museum features a well-organized collection of tea emorabilia and paraphernalia to gander at and different samplings of the variety of teas around the country.
Don’t miss out on the beautiful teashop that’s right next to the museum. There, you can buy a variety of local teas as well as beautiful porcelain teapots and sets. I bought a selection of small teas of different kinds for only $1 each.
Outside the museum is a field with endless lines of tea shrubs. Take a stroll through the entire premises and you will find the Chinese tea symbol 茶 pop up in different forms everywhere. Walking around the museum area, there are a couple of beautiful teahouses where you can enjoy tea ceremonies and try out different kinds of teas as well!
Bonus: Green Tea Restaurant
I read about this restaurant in my lonely planet travel guide and just had to check it out. There is one location right next to the tea museum but there’s another one near the West Lake in Hangzhou. It’s often very packed since it serves superb food. I visited during Chinese New Year and had to wait for almost 1 hour to get a table for one! The flavours are incredible and I ate here twice during my stay in Hangzhou!
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I can really recommend visiting this beautiful museum as the trip there is worth it for the beautiful surrounding area as well! I loved strolling through the beautiful tea bushes and around the museum complex exploring the various tea houses!