Can you believe it’s taken us this long to tell you about the Tea Museum? It’s just that every time tea season rolls around, we get so excited about the warm weather that sipping tea outside at the villages is more enticing than walking around reading about it. And then last year we decided to show the plum blossom venues a little love (can’t forget those this season, and they’re already in full bloom). Since we’ve already given you Mei Jia Wu, Longjing and Daqing, it’s come down to the museum.
It’s not the best of museum Hanghzou has to offer, since it’s not as new as others, but in its thirty years of existence, the Tea Museum has seen quite a few improvements and additions to the complex. The Exhibition Hall is the main attraction and takes you through the development of tea throughout the dynasties. There’s lots of tea memorabilia and paraphernalia to gander at and different samplings of the variety of teas around the country. To true tea enthusiasts, this place is bit of a letdown, but if you’re just beginning to learn about the leaf, it’s a good starting point. You can take a nice stroll through the complex, which is beautifully landscaped, replete with bubbling brooks and surrounding tea fields. There are teahouses, but if you’re into a real hike and a real home-style meal, just jump on either of the two busses heading west to Longjing Village to finish off your day of tea.