Tianshan Tea City

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Tianshan Tea City
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Boris L
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Family
There are dozens of shops in Tian Shan Tea City selling tea and tea ware. We stumbled across Xiang Yuan Ming Cha by chance. The sales person Sara is knowledgeable about tea and speaks fluent English. They sell decent tea for every day as well as high end tea for special occasions. Good tea costs money and their prices seem fair to me. I recommend it to those who acquired the taste for Chinese tea.
Written January 13, 2020
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Алексей С
3 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We have visited this shop on the second of January (2020), exactly 1065 department. The owner of the shop is very pleasant and benevolent. We had about an hour of tea ceremony, while which we tried about 15 different types of tea for any taste. Owner of the shop answered for all our questions accessibly. Than we bought tea for not small amount of money and had small discount and 3 small presents.
Written January 2, 2020
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Ali
Kabul, Afghanistan6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I have visited shop 1057. Mrs Mary and her colleagues were very kind and friendly. I spent around 40 minutes trying different kinds of green, white and black tea. Jasmene tea was very awesome.
Mrs Mary could speak English and Japanese very well.
I recommend her shop for everyone to visit.
Written January 12, 2020
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ChuJun2
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
I found Tea in China to be quite complex and confusing as a foreigner. I lived in Shanghai for 2 years and found a tea shop that speaks great english and is very knowable. Ask for Sara as she is knowledge but more imortanly very patient. If you ask, she explain the differences and help guide you to new teas with more appreciation and understanding.

Prices are very reasonable as they can guide you to any grade of tea you may need. For me there are 3 reasons or needs from tea:

1) Every day good econmical tea
2) Gift Tea - Nicely presented
3) Rare and unique special Teas

The staff understands this and will educate you accordingly.

I no longer live in Shanghai but I still come to their shop on trips to restock. - Hope you Enjoy
Written May 4, 2014
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Tofurry
Renton, WA793 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
After reading the reviews on this place, I knew we would want to go to Susie for her tea tasting experience. We got there at opening but she hadn't opened yet. One stall next to hers was kind to call her and she came right away. She said that she stayed late at night so she opened later in the morning.

From the reviews, I knew that to fully enjoy the experience, it would take a couple of hours so I set aside the whole morning for tea-tasting! My younger son has never liked tea so I was worried he'd be bored but he actually had a great time! In fact, tea is starting to grow on him.

Susie speaks wonderful English and had us try over 10 teas: Green, White, Oolong, Black, Jasmine, and Pu'er, 2-3 different teas of each type to see the difference. Through the whole experience, she talked about each tea and answered our questions. At the end, we bought about US$125 worth of tea. She gave great suggestions for gifts and what each person on our list would like based on age, temperament etc.

We would be back to buy more if we are ever in Shanghai again. We might even order tea from her to ship to us! We didn't even have time to check out the tea sets upstairs! I would have paid $50 for the tea- tasting so if you ever get to spend the free 2 hrs with Susie, be sure to buy lots of tea!!
Written April 15, 2019
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A5653PSbelindab
1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Solo
I visited Tianshan last month on the recommendation of a colleague who’s a fluent Chinese speaker and expert on Chinese tea. Searching the reviews, I decided to visit Susie at 1051 given that I speak no Chinese and she was reviewed as being fluent in English.

I cannot speak highly enough of my experience. I spent a couple of very happy hours chatting with Susie and tasting my way through her teas (and left with as much as I thought I could squeeze into my suitcase). Susie is absolutely lovely, generous in her knowledge and help, fluent in English, and knows an enormous amount about tea. I learnt a huge amount from her and it was a pleasure to spend a couple of hours in her company. She even ordered me a taxi and helped me carry my purchases to it, despite the 30 degrees Celsius heat and (to this Kiwi) overwhelming humidity. It was my last full day in China and an absolutely perfect experience to finish my trip.

Back in New Zealand, I’m drinking my way through the tea I bought from her - and will be ordering more from her once it’s finished. When you visit, try her Gong Mei Aged White Tea and the Phoenix Oolong in particular: you won’t be disappointed!

I also visited the tea equipment shops upstairs and came back with a beautiful tea set and some lovely tea equipment (yes, I had to book additional hand luggage).

If you’re in Shanghai and a lover of tea, you MUST visit Tianshan, and if you speak English, go straight to Susie at 1051. Don’t let your hotel palm you off with some tourist tea operation as mine tried to do: Tianshan is the real deal and a true Mecca for those of us who love a brew.
Written August 20, 2018
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Татьяна Д
Moscow, Russia2 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
This is a wonderful place to know about Chinese tea culture. I always visit the store 1065. His owner Tian - a wonderful, she is fluent in English and always happy to tell you about tea, how to keep it properly, brewing, about the features of different varieties of tea. In her store you can try different varieties of tea and choose the one you like (including the price, you can always choose tea suitable price range). You can also try the wonderful Chinese sweets. Tian gives to her customers tea souvenirs and it's very nice. If you want to learn more about China and Chinese tea, try a delicious tea and enjoy interesting conversation - you'll find it in her store. I like Tian and her store very much. Also if you want to buy special tableware and accessories for tea, you can buy it on the second floor of Tianshan Tea City, there is a lot of nice shops.
Written August 23, 2015
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Elara S
Singapore, Singapore20 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
If you are a Tea Lover or just willing to learn about the different teas, this is the right place to go.

I had very limited time (came past 7 pm) so no chance to shop around except a small part of the 1st floor. Caution is that few shops speak english but those that i went in tried the translation appli on their phone. I ended up in Shop # 1051 ran by a husband and wife. The wife speaks very good english and (learning japanese as well). They were very helpful to the point that they guided me to the quickest route back to my hotel.

Tea prices are quite reasonable, especially compared to the tea house that we visited on sunday (1/3 of the going price there). Since i came in spring, I ended up buying one of their pricier "Shin Cha" called Anji White Tea (@70/50 g) but this was definitely worth it considering the taste. I also got reasonably priced jasmine pearl tea (@20/50g) and Tie Kuan Yin Oolong Tea (@20/50g) as well. She even agreed to try a few blends with me as the jasmine pearl was too strong as it is. We loved blending it with the Anji White Tea . . . perfect balance of scent and taste.

I'll definitely be back. Next time i'll visit the shops with the tea implements and other goods as well.
Written April 29, 2014
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Kari L
Oklahoma CIty18 contributions
Sep 2015
This was a highlight of not only Shanghai, but our trip to China. It's a market full of tea vendors which at first can seem quite overwhelming. Based off of other reviews, we visited Suzie at shop 1051 and were very pleased. She speaks great English and is extremely knowledgeable about her product. I'm sure many others are equally as qualified, but the ability to converse with her was key for our pathetic attempt at Chinese :). I'm also sure there are other vendors that speak English as well, she is just a suggestion.
Written October 1, 2015
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chnoud99
Jesenice, Czech Republic2 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
I live in China for almost 5 years and tried many tea markets recommended by friends, but finally stuck with this one with pleasure. For more than 4 years now i visit shop 1065, who's owner is great english speaking girl "Tian". She always let me choose from different level of searched tea to taste the flavour difference to make the right choice. She showed me a lot about tea and as i can see i am not the only one recommending this shop 1065 :-)), no wonder. For foreigner like me, it was hard to find good shop in SH and found just few reviews in internet. So before i leave i want to share my recommendation.....good luck guys in SH. Thanks Tian :-)

中山西路520号天山茶城1065号
Written August 25, 2015
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