The National Tea Museum of Hangzhou is the epicenter of knowledge and appreciation for China's favorite beverage. With a long history stretching through multiple centuries and cultures, tea is one of China's greatest treasures. This museum captures its history and the culture surrounding it for enthusiasts of all backgrounds.
Hedged in by clusters of tea plantations on all sides, the museum is an excellent place to not only learn about tea but to see it being grown as well. The land surrounding the museum is cultivated to produce some of the best teas from the area. Many tea producing villages can be found in this area and contribute to the beautiful landscape surrounding the museum.
The museum vividly depicts the evolution of Chinese tea and 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 through history. View ancient and delicate tea sets and learn about the advancements and particulars of teaware culture.
The Tea Customs Hall is devoted to bring you a mosaic of tea customs and etiquettes from Yun Yan, Sichuan, Tibet, Fujian and Guang Dong provinces and from the Ming and Qing periods.
The exhibition center of the museum is divided into six tea-tasting areas where visitors can taste teas of various flavors while enjoying a traditional tea ceremony. The quintessential buildings against the backdrop of the gardens and tea farms immerse visitors in this strong tea culture.
For most visitors, the museum is just one of many stops on a busy day of sight-seeing in Hangzhou. The museum is well organized and makes it easy on travelers to get in, view all it has to offer, and get back on the road in an efficient amount of time. Of course, for those truly enthusiastic tea lovers, there are plenty of quiet places to linger and enjoy the beauty of nature in this tranquil space. A typical visit might look like this:
The museum was built back in 1991. It was created as China's only museum devoted to tea to preserve the wealth of history and culture surrounding this fabled beverage. The research facilities located within the museum were intended to serve as the foremost authorities on tea research in China.
The most pleasant times for visiting the area around Hangzhou are in the spring and autumn. Spring in Hangzhou lasts from March to May and is typically very mild. It is the perfect time to see peach blossoms as you drive. The autumn lasts from October through November and offers cool temperatures and less humidity.
For travelers in need of a bite to eat the attached Green Tea Restaurant offers meals daily. Exhibitions are presented in Chinese and English.