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“Tourist and "business" museum” 2 of 5 stars
Review of National Tea Museum

National Tea Museum
Shuangfeng Country Longjing Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310000, China
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Ranked #26 of 338 things to do in Hangzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Tourist and "business" museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Despite I love really a lot Chinese tea, despite people where asking for feedback with interview to improve, at the time of my visit this museum was giving me the impression to be based purely on make money from tourists.
The area is nice, easily to reach from the West like taking a taxi for few euros. There are tea plants all around, of the famous West lake variety. The museum basically is also not bad: there is the tea story, there are explained how the tea was produced and all the different way of making tea and the different variety you can find (I discovered that yellow and white tea also exist).
However, once I arrived in the last room there was a girl asking "do you want to taste tea? the museum is finished, you can come with me there is nothing to see, look". But I was just entered in the room and I wanted to see, so for me it was not really nice. I understand they are forced to sell, but at least they could wait I arrive autonomously at the end. The tasting process was interesting but not as others I already had, so if you want to discover the Chinese tea ceremony, try to find a Chinese friend who can come with you or at least give you a trusted address, otherwise you will never lears what does it mean "tea ceremony".
Anyway, the museum can be interesting, just say kindly "no"!

Visited November 2011
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“The City of Green Tea”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Hangzhou is renowned for fresh green tea and the tea fields are worth a visit during the right time of the year. This sweet little museum is informative and has a nice shop that sells the famous Iching tea pots Although Iching is near by it is a terrible traffic congested ride and a disappointing city. Better to get your tea fill here. There is a lovely traditional restaurant just across the road fro the museum that serves the river shrimp min green tea but do not bther going unless you speak the language. If you can not communicatye eat this same dish at The Hyatt restaurant which is very authentic but lacks the outdoor gardens and charm. No matter waht be sure to savor tea and the tea trests which are nuts and berries and little won tons at one of the century old Tea Houses on the lake. Buy your tea at a tea store in town

Visited October 2011
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“Nice little museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

The Tea Museum is a very nice way to spend a couple of hours. The museum itself is small, but informative. The grounds it is in are beautiful - you can spend a good half an hour ambling round at your leisure. They offer you a free tea tasting, which is interesting, that is a prelude to selling you tea at very inflated prices. For example, the highest grade of Longjing tea is normally 160RMB for 50g; here it is 350RMB.

Visit, enjoy it, but beware the tea prices.

Visited July 2012
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“A cute (and free of charge) museum.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We had a great time in this little museum.
While there aren't THAT many exhibits, the museum IS free of charge (very unique in China).
After wandering in the several rooms of the museums, we went to its gardens, and then realized there's more to see.
Upon entering what looked like a gift shop, we were offered to witness a traditional tea-making ceremony.
It took about 30 minutes and was beautiful. The level of detail in the ceremony was amazing.
Mind you - the tea was very bitter.
All in all, a nice way to enjoy 1-2 hours in Hangzhou.

Visited April 2011
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“A Great learning experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

The National Tea Museum is a very modern museum with the latest self-guided audio tour. I was able to learn a lot about Chinese Tea Culture throughout the ages. A free tea tasting was also a very useful experience. I now have a very useful flyer that tells me how to store my different tea, and the best way to serve it.
Don't feel pressured into buying tea in the shop behind, though they do have a very good selection of tea that isn't too overpriced.

Tip: Visit the museum in the morning, then walk up to Long Jing Village for lunch. You can enjoy some good local food and the famous 'Dragon Well' green tea. Then follow the paths through the tea plantations to the east, don't be afraid to wonder off the path and getaway from everything!

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