TEA TASTING SAFARI
A full sensory discovery of Chinese tea
Join Hias Gourmet's Tea Tasting Safari to learn about and experience Beijing's centre of tea trade, Maliandao Tea Street.
The tour spends all of its time in Maliandao, where the experience of sampling and buying tea is unequalled and often unduplicated outside Asia.
Known as one of China's best markets for buying fresh tea leaves, it is said that over 3,000 varieties of tea are sold at Maliandao Tea Street which is lined with tea shops stretching over 1.5 kilometres from Guanganmen Street to the north to Honglian Road to the south.
Most shops are still operated by the extended families of tea growers from Fujian, Zhejiang and Anhui province.
Tours can be tailored to meet your specific interests or knowledge level, from beginners to connoisseurs. Whether you want a general introduction to tea and teaware in China or a dedicated tasting journey of a particular tea variety, we can create an experience that matches your needs.
CHINESE TEA VARIETIES
China grows more tea varieties than any other country, and you'll find them all here at Maliandao. Be it white tea, green tea, oolong, red, black or yellow tea, essentially they all come from the same species of plant, camelia sinesis. Yet terroir, picking methods and its timing, and processing and storage techniques all lead to a wonderfully diverse range of distinctly different teas. Discover the pale, delicately flavoured Longjing (Dragon Well tea) from Zhejiang province or the earthy dar-green Tai Ping Hou Kui from Anhui province, and many others you didn't know about.
THE CHINESE TEA CEREMONY
A premium quality tea can be made or destroyed by the way you brew it. Sit-down for an expert-led tea appreciation session in a much-respected tea shop, learning about water temperature, brew times, infusion techniques and more to bring out the unique flavours of particular teas. Tastings will vary depending on the season and the freshest season's harvest. This tea shop also stocks artisan crafted tea pots of zi sha hu purple clay variety.
TEA SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT
Making the perfect cup of tea requires the right equipment. Explore the finer points of what to look for when selecting a Chinese tea set, understand the accessories used, and learn why connoisseurs use glass, porcelain and clay ware when drinking different types of teas.
TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOP
The Tea Safari tour is an excellent opportunity for you to shop for yourself, buy gifts for hosts you are dealing with in China, or to pick up souvenirs of your time in China for your family and friends. There is an overwhelming range of teas and equipment to select from and our guides can help you make the right choices and bargain for a good price.
PLEASE NOTE: Hias Gourmet has NO contractual relationship with the vendors and our guides do not receive any bonuses or commissions from vendors. There is absolutely no obligation to buy anything.
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Private Walks Only
DATES AND TIMES
Available any day
Can start any time
from 9.00am to 4.30pm
Private: min = 1
(Chinese Renminbi CNY)
With 1 Person | Y 1,200 pp
With 2 People | Y 550 pp
With 3 People | Y 450 pp
With 4 People | Y 350 pp
With 5 People | Y 320 pp
With 6 People | Y 300 pp
Please inquire for large group rates
2.5-hour guided tour
All tea tastings
20-25 min by taxi from the Forbidden City
Start / Finish
Maliandao Tea Street
How To Book
1. Email us to inquire about availability
2. Hias Gourmet will:
a. Confirm space availability
b. Send meeting point details
50% deposit to confirm booking
Balance payment due on activity day
14 days prior to activity date:
Full refund with Y 150 processing fee
5 - 13 days prior to activity date:
70% refund with Y 150 processing fee
1 - 4 days prior to activity date:
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