National Tea Museum

Attraction 88 Longjing Road, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China Published on: 18-08-2016

2 hours
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Museum
Nature
Must see
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

National Tea Museum is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
The National Tea Museum consists of six exhibition halls including the Hall of Tea History, Tea Kaleidoscope Hall, Hall of Tea Properties, Tea Sets Hall, Tea-Friendship Hall, and Tea Customs Hall. Which iconically trace the history of China’s centuries-old, rich and varied tea culture.

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Why National Tea Museum is special ?

The National Tea Museum is surrounded by clusters of tea farms and boasting five exhibition halls. The museum vividly depicts the evolution of Chinese tea and the colorful tea culture over a span of thousands of years. The Chinese Tea Evolution Hall showcases the production process and evolution of Chinese tea, as well as a variety of domestic and imported tea. The Teaware Hall depicts the evolution of Chinese teaware and deliberates on the planting, making and tasting of tea. The Tea Customs Hall is devoted to bring you a kaleidoscopic of tea customs and etiquettes of Yun Yan, Sichuan, Tibet, Fujian and Guang Dong provinces and of the Ming and Qing periods.


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What to explore at National Tea Museum?

The museum is divided into mainly 5 sections. The first section talked about the history of tea from its prehistoric beginnings up till the present day. The second section talked about the six kinds of tea and their different varieties and where they are produced. There were examples of many varieties on display. The third section talked about the processing techniques of tea and had examples of some of the machines used in produced Chinese tea. The fourth section is the antique tea utensils exhibition. There were tea cups and pots from thousands of years ago until the Qing Dynasty on display. And finally, it is the tea house section where you can have different teas to taste, guided through it by a pleasant girl wearing traditional silk dress. Into tiny cups she poured tea steeped carefully for 30 or 40 seconds: oolong, green, one-leaf, pu-erh and jasmine, just to name a few. When ready, the tea is transferred to a glass pot so you can see it. And it is time to enjoy the good tea.

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How to get to National Tea Museum?

Bus Routes: Take bus 27 or Y3 (Tourism Bus Line 3) and get off at Shuangfeng Station.

Selling points

  • “Interesting Visit”
  • “Nice free tea museum”
  • “Lots of history”
  • “Worth a visit for surrounding Landscape”
  • “Fields of Tea Plants”
  • “Interesting Visit”
  • “Nice free tea museum”
  • “Lots of history”
  • “Worth a visit for surrounding Landscape”
  • “Fields of Tea Plants”
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
33.57 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
9 places

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88 Longjing Road, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

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Tips for you

  • This museum is very informative in regards to the spread of tea culture around china.
    Culture
  • It closes on Monday
    Timming
  • You can take a taxi to the museum, it won't cost much. But there are also buses, which will take you further to Long Jing village as well.
    Transportation
  • Inside it, visitors also have opportunities to see a tea art performance and drink teas in a calm and quiet place.
    Things to do

Reviews

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This is a must go for any tea lover to understand the process that goes into the growing and fermenting of tea leaves. However a good portion of the exhibits are only in Chinese so it would be nice if they had English. It is free entry and certainly worth a look.It is best to take a taxi to the museum as getting a bus is a long and challenging affair if you can't read chinese.

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This museum was a big surprise. I cycled there. Easy, good roads, hardly any traffic. Very lovely pastoral setting, luxurously green tea plantations, hazy hills, and the museum itself set in a beautiful formal garden with tea houses, bridges and a multitude of flowers. The museum is free and offers a fascinating journey through the history of tea, the art of preparing tea, the different types etc. And all in English! That was the biggest surprise. In Hangzhou I hardly met anybody who could speak even a few words of English. Here, all displays were bilingual, and I even got a very nice, interesting and tasty tea drinking session also done for free by an employee who spoke excellent English. The displays themselves are well presented and much more interesting than for instance what I saw 3 days earlier in the silk museum in Suzhou. Highly recommended. Close by I found an excellent open air restaurant. No English, but the tasty dishes are all displayed on a menu with photographs. After the museum visit, I cycled on through the hills for a,nother 2 hours (very agreeable) before returning to the city.

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The National Tea Museum is a beautiful and enriching museum located in a scenic area a few minutes' drive from the West Lake. You can easily take a taxi to the location and the ride will cost you around 25-30 yuan. The entrance to the museum, on the other hand, is free. The museum's opening hours are 8:30 - 16:30. There's a field full of tea plants all around the museum, a small stream flowing by and just beautiful landscape - it's a very relaxing place, where you can just stroll around the paths and see some beautiful sights. The main exhibition is interesting and enriching. I learned a lot about the tea, its history, its origins, its production and so on while looking around the museum's rooms. I never imagined that the tea was so honored in China until I stepped into this museum and then began to honor it myself. You can easily spend an hour or two in this museum.

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This is a must go for any tea lover to understand the process that goes into the growing and fermenting of tea leaves. However a good portion of the exhibits are only in Chinese so it would be nice if they had English. It is free entry and certainly worth a look. It is best to take a taxi to the museum as getting a bus is a long and challenging affair if you can't read chinese.

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