Top 10 places to buy tea in Beijing


1) Zhangyiyuan Tea Shops(张一元茶庄)


Established in 1900, Zhangyiyuan is a time-honored brand of Chinese tea. Zhangyiyuan owns nearly 200 franchised shops across the country, which sell more than 300 varieties of quality tea ranging from green tea to black tea to scented tea to Oolong tea to health-care tea. The brand's jasmine tea-scenting technique has been listed as one of the state-level intangible cultural heritages.




Address: 22 Dashilan Street, Xicheng District (flagship shop)


Telephone: 010-6303-4001




How to get there: Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen


2) Beijing Wuyutai Tea shops(吴裕泰茶庄)


Wuyutai, founded in 1887 by Wu Xiqing from Anhui Province, has long been a very popular tea brand in Beijing. Over the past 126 years, Wuyutai has grown from a small tea house to an industrial bellwether engaged in a number of tea-related businesses. Its more than 200 franchised stores sell a variety of Chinese teas, as well as tea-flavored moon cakes, ice cream, cuisines and tea ware sets. Its jasmine tea is also a favorite of the tea lovers in the city. In 2008, Wuyutai, an exclusive supplier for the Beijing Olympics, provided 1.5 million packets of bagged-tea for delegates and athletes.




Wuyutai Wangfujing Shop (flagship shop)


Address: 186 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing


Telephone: 8610-6525-4961


How to get there: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Wangfujing


Wuyutai Qianmen Shop (flagship shop)


Address: 42 Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing


Telephone: 8610-6702-3869


3) Beijing Yuanchanghou Tea Shops(元长厚茶庄)


Yuanchanghou, founded in Hebei Province in 1912, was relocated to Beijing in 1930. In 1987, a new Yuangchuanghou was formed through the merger of six time-honored tea brands in Beijing. In 1993, it was officially named a time-honored brand in China. Yuangchanghou is now an enterprise integrating production, wholesale and retail. The jasmine tea recipe, a mixture of green tea and jasmine, is a best seller.




Address: 14 Xisi Nan Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing (flagship store)


Telephone: 8610- 6617-5860


How to get there: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Xisi




How to get there: Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen




4) Maliandao Tea Town(马连道茶城)


Founded in 2000, Maliandao Tea Town is located in the middle section of Maliandao Tea Street, which is often called "China's No. 1 tea street." The Tea Town, which covers 68,000 square meters, is a large-scaled market for tea wholesale and retail. This most famous of the ten "tea towns" in the street gathers more than 300 tea suppliers from across the country, offering over 500 varieties of tea, as well as tea wares and other handicrafts. It also showcases local tea ceremonies and rich Chinese tea cultures. At Maliandao, tea lover can find any tea they can imagine. Visitors are also allowed to sample teas as they decide whether to purchase.


Other tea towns in the 120,000-square-meter Maliandao Tea Street, in which more than 3,000 tea companies operate, include Jingmin Tea Town, Beijing International Tea Town, Qingxi Tea Town, Chayuan Tea Town and Jinghua Tea Town. Its annual sale revenues reach more than 4.2 billion yuan ($668.8 million), accounting for about 10 percent of the national total. It's one of the three largest tea distribution centers in the country.




ddress: 11 Maliandao Road, Xicheng District, Beijing

Telephone: 8610-5192-0609

How to get there: Take Subway Line 9 and get off at Liuliqiao Dong


5) Beijing Geng Xiang Tea Shops (北京更香茶店)


Founded in 1998, Beijing Geng Xiang Tea Co. Ltd is best-known for leading the organic tea market. The company's tea plantations at its four tea cultivation bases cover more than 5333 ha, over 4,000 ha of which are covered by organic plants. Geng Xiang boasts more than 230 franchised stores across the country, with annual sales revenues of 400 million yuan (US$63.7 million).


Useful Information:


Address: Jia 10 Maliandao Road, Xicheng District, Beijing (flagship store)


Telephone: 8610-6342-5443/8610-6327-2880 (8:00-21:00)/ 8610-5126-6650


How to get there: Take Bus 414 or 89 to Maliandao Xili


6) Beijing Er Shang Jinghua Tea Shops (北京二商京华茶店)


Beijing Er Shang Jinghua Tea Industry, a subsidiary of Beijing Er Shang Group, was formed in 1950 by the merger of Beijing Tea Corporation and Beijing Lvshiyuan Food Co. Ltd. The company is best known for its scented "Jinghua" brand tea, which, registered in 1983, was the first tea trademark since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949. The company has two tea trade markets in the Maliandao Tea Street, Jinghua Yuancha Market and Beijing International Tea Town. Around 300 tea suppliers from China and abroad are clustered there, offering several thousands of varieties of tea and tea-related products.




Address: 14 Malianda, Xicheng District, Beijing (tea markets)


Telephone: 8610-5839-0102


How to get there: Take Bus 414 or 89 and get off at Maliandao Hutong




7) Beijing Zhengxingde Tea Shops(北京正兴德茶庄)


Zhengxingde is the only Muslim tea-producing company in Beijing. Founded in 1738, Zhengxingde is a time-honored brand most famous for its jasmine tea, which is made with the tender spring tea shoots picked in the north and east of Fujian Province. Zhengxingde sells more than 100 varieties of tea in seven different categories: scented tea, green tea, black tea, Oolong tea, dark tea, white tea and yellow tea.




Address: 5-1 Niujie, Xicheng District, Beijing


Telephone: 8610-6355-8399


How to get there: Take Bus 88 or 10 and get off at Niujie; or take Subway Line 4 and get off at Caishikou


8) Beijing Qiyuan Tea Shops(北京启元茶庄)


Beijing Qiyuan Tea Co. Ltd's predecessor was the Hongye Tea Shop, which was established in 1923. Qiyuan was formed in 2000 with the merger of three time-honored tea brands, Qiyuan, Qinglinchun and Sentai. Its franchised stores mainly sell jasmine tea, as well as green tea, black tea, Oolong tea and brick tea.




Address: Qiyuan Tea Shop, 49 Xihuashi Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing


Telephone: 8610-6712-6725




How to get there: Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Chongwenmen


Address: Qinglinchun Tea Shop, 43 Qianmen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing


How to get there: Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen


Telephone: 8610-6701-1908


9) Lao She Tea House(老舍茶馆)


Founded in 1988 by Yin Shengxi, Lao She Tea House was named after the Chinese artist of the same name and his novel "Tea House." Don't forget to buy some of its "Lao Yin"-brand tea, or to enjoy the marvelous folk arts and drama performances in the antique-flavor, Beijing-styled environment.


Useful Information:


Address: 3 Qianmen West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing


Telephone: 8610- 6303-7562


How to get there: Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen




10)         Tenfu Tea (Tianfu Mingcha) Tea Shops(天福茗茶)


Fujian-based Tenfu Corporation, founded by Lee Rie-Ho in 1993, is said to be the world's largest tea company. Ten Fu, which has more than 1,000 franchised tea stores around China, produces a number of well-known brands, including Tenfu, Ten Xin, Dan Feng and Uncle Lee. The company's business integrates the whole supply chain, from harvesting, processing, packaging, retail, and R&D. Currently, it has dozens of franchised stores in Beijing.




Address: 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing (flagship store in Beijing)


How to get there: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Wangfujing


Telephone: 8610-8526-0025



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