Maliandao Tea Street
Maliandao Tea Street
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Tea lovers flock to this 1,500-meter-long stretch of nearly 1,000 tea shops. Teas from across China are sold here, loose and bagged, and most can be sampled. To get the best price, plan to bargain.
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Patricia N
New York City, NY18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I planned on discovering new types of teas while in China. When I went to Maliandao Tea Market with a private guide I was surprised at the numerous stalls/sellers l. There were hardly any tourists or local shoppers. We decided to go into one at random and the owner greeted us. From there we asked what the specialties were. She asked what we were interested in. We ended up having a tea tasting of flavors suggested by her. After some price negotiating my friend and I walked away with 3 types.

It helps to be fluent in Mandarin or have someone with you who does. Otherwise it wouldn’t be worth your while to go unless you don’t intend to bargain.
Written January 21, 2020
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darrenjAtl
Atlanta36 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Out of all the tea shops along this street, I think my wife and I got lucky and found a good one. It was a small shop named Taishun Yun Wu. There was an older gentleman and a young girl working there, and the girl spoke pretty good English, which seems to be different from the experience of other reviewers at some of the other shops. She recommended several types of tea and they brewed 3 different ones that we chose that we wanted to taste. We ended up buying a green tea, a jasmine, and a black. I am posting a picture of the front and back of a business card they gave me so maybe you can show that to a taxi driver or hotel staff to get to the right place. The girl was really friendly and they seemed like genuinely nice people and the tea is wonderful, so I hope my review will send some business their way!
Written May 19, 2019
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lynzie895
Boston, MA3 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
We spent a lovely afternoon in the Teajoy Market! We did not stop in any of the small shops on the street, but the market has plenty to take up a couple hours.
Directions were very confusing, many sites have different ways of getting there so I wanted to leave some to help others out!
Take the subway to the Wanzi stop on Line 7. This lets you off right at the top of Maliandao street. Other sites list other stops and I don't know why, as they are further away.
After exiting Wanzi, turn left onto Maliandao (Bank of Communications is on the corner). You will notice signs about tea everywhere, so you know you're in the right spot!
The Teajoy Market is about a 10 min walk down Maliandao, on the right hand side. You will cross over Maliandao S. Street just before getting there. See pictures for outside of building, and there is a yellow arch across the road saying "Teajoy Market"
Using No. 11 Maliandao Street as the address in google maps does help (got that address from this TripAdvisor page)
Written March 7, 2017
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CSSNAKEW
Beijing, China75 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
I am an local Beijinger and have been studying tea for a couple of years now.

Maliandao is famous for many Chinese and foreign guests, since they are as known as the Tea Street. However, as an insider, I don't usually recommended people going there if you are actually serious about purchasing some tea for the loved ones back home or for yourself.

I wouldn't say this place is bad, because if you are actually just for window shopping and wanna experience this area by all means, this probably the place to go. Or, if you really know about the tea, then you may able to spot some really good tea for a good price, it's kind like the Panjiayuan Antique Market, if you have the eyes, then you are good to go. But, if you are not much of an tea expert or being guided by other people, then you may want to start to watch out.

This place was probably much more better like 10 years ago, but with the reputation and the fame, it has been getting much more commercialized than before.

Just a friendly reminder!
Written February 4, 2015
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BusinessLeb
Beit Mery, Lebanon132 contributions
Oct 2014
Maliandao tea street is filled with teashops one next to each other. The tea quality found is relatively average and you have to know that English is absolutely not an option here!
Written August 13, 2015
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Akuppa
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK4 contributions
Nov 2013 • Business
I visited Maliandao Tea Street with the hope of imbibing not only some fine Chinese tea but also some of the culture and atmosphere that surrounds it. Tea and tea paraphernalia were in abundance but I was very disappointed with the surroundings and atmosphere. The street is lined with modern glass-fronted shop units. The 3-storey tea mall is a very functional retail unit with strip lighting that kills any kind of ambiance. Not the sort of place I'd want to while away an afternoon. The emphasis is very much on selling. It's nice to be plied with various teas but I couldn't help but feel obligated to buy, and the prices aren't especially cheap. The teaware isn't cheap either - don't imagine you're going to find any bargains.

For a more friendly atmosphere, I would head to one of the teahouses around the tarmacked square behind the western side of the street. I found a genuine welcome in one of the family businesses here (no 14-15) and they spoke good English, which was otherwise hard to find.
Written November 29, 2013
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Tomas E
Malmö, Sweden14 contributions
This is a street with lots of tea shops. There is also a big mall with three stories of small tea shops at the junction of Malindao Rd and Malindao S St (south-west corner). We didn't know what we needed so many tea shops for but it was a great experience. Probably heaven to the tea nerd, but then you should probably know what you're after.
If you want to try some tea, ask first if they know English. Otherwise the tasting won't be as interesting.
Written May 20, 2013
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Markus S
5 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Very nice place to taste and buy tea! The vendors invite you to taste some different types of tea. But don't forget, of cause they you to buy at least one tea....
Written November 2, 2016
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Dtourtravels
Carmel, CA14 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
If you are an avid tea drinker, just have interest or are a newbie, this place has something for you. Take the Wanzi exit on Line 7 of the subway. You'll see a yellow archway with red writing. Start walking down...but dont be confused. You'll pass a few blocks of just tea shops. But the tea market is in a large building on the right side with a parking lot. Like a mall. I walked around the first floor for a while just taking it all in! Almost 100 small "rooms", all with different teas. If you dont know tea well...just smell them and that'll lead you in the right direction. There really aren't many people that speak english but find someone with a nice smile that invites you to sit and they will go through a whole tea tasting. I definitely had about 1/3 of my suitcase made of of tea from here! And dont forget to bargain! Some teas prices can't change but others can. I spent anywhere from 18-68 yuan on a bag. Enjoy!
Written April 17, 2015
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Aragorn983
Rome, Italy296 contributions
Sep 2011 • Solo
Reading my guide, I discovered that in Beijing there was a street - a long and large street, I discovered then - completely dedicated to the national drink. So, of course and specially after all the time spent in Shanghai where I discovered that European tea has nothing to do with real tea, I went there during my weekend in Beijing. At the end, I almost spent about 2 hourse there: all - really, all - the shops on the street and also some building (kind of shopping centre) are selling tea of many many different kinds and assortment or tea pot and all required stuff to make a real Chinese tea ceremony. All, at a reasonable price (the street was crowded by Chinese, I was probably one of the few or the only foreigner at that moment).
It was incredible to see how many different things can exist! Inside the shops you can see people tasting tea, people weighing tea to make sackets, someone trying to convince you to enter in their shop!
The only issue was that not all of them (probably no one) speak English, so if you want to go there - and you have to, if you love tea, because it for sure will be more stocked and cheaper than shops in the centre - try to get on a paper some basic Chinese sentence like "please I want to taste different green/black/white... tea" or "can I try the West lake dragon well tea?" (or any other specific name you would like).
Unmissable!
Written August 31, 2012
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