Maliandao Tea Tour

The Hutong is proud to offer Beijing’s most comprehensive and interactive overview of Chinese tea! Join a group of fellow tea connoisseurs, amateurs, and thirsty friends on a journey to the Maliandao Tea city, where – with the help of native shopkeepers –The Hutong’s tea expert will guide you through through China’s most famous teas and tea regions.

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Photos by Jessie Ann Jey and Liz Phung.

Though we adjust the tour seasonally for newly harvested teas, and allow plenty of time for questions, shopping, chatting, and sipping, The Hutong’s Maliandao Tea Tour generally follows the schedule below:
  • Shop #1: Green Teas – While tasting China’s finest green teas, The Hutong’s Tea Expert and the shop keeper address questions like: What Is “Tea?” What are the unique steps for processing Green Tea, like firing? How is flavored green tea like Jasmine created?
  • Shop #2: White and Yellow Teas – While tasting some of China’s lighter, more unique teas, guests explore questions like: What is the difference between Oxidation and Fermentation in Teas? How much caffeine and nutrients are in tea? What are Chinese Medicine views on Tea? What unique processes are used in processing White and Yellow Teas?
  • Shop #3: Oolong and Black Teas – These more robust teas provide a background to discuss topics like: How are Oolong and Black teas processed differently than other teas? What is the difference between “rolling” and “cutting?” Why do the British drink tea like they do? How are teas like “Earl Grey” and “Irish Breakfast Tea” made?
  • Shop #4: Ceramics and Herbal Teas – This stop on the tour will give guests an introduction to the periphery and paraphernalia of Chinese tea, introducing concepts like: Tea’s Herbal Origins, Teapot Design, and Matching Teas and Teapots (and Tea Pets!)
  • Shop #5: Pu’er and Post-Fermented Teas – To aid digestion, lunch is followed by an overview of one of China’s oldest teas. The Hutong’s Tea Expert and the shopkeeper discuss: Tea Shapes: Bricks, Cakes, Mushrooms, Bowls, Pumpkins, and More; The difference between ancient tea trees and little tea bushes; Fermentation and aging of tea; The health benefits of Pu’er, and more!
The Hutong’s Maliandao Tea Market Tour meets every other Sunday at the D2 exit of the Changchunjie subway station, and begins promptly at 10:00am. Lunch is a feast of authentic northwestern Fujianese delicacies – where many of the Fujianese shopkeepers themselves go for a taste of home. Ample time is provided for questions, conversation, shopping, and browsing. A relaxing way to take in tons of information and participate in eye-opening discussions, ending by 3:30pm.
Visit our calendar to reserve a spot. For an even more thorough introduction to Chinese life and culture, check out our Welcome To Beijing Introductory Package.

Price: 350 RMB, 300 for members (includes a large Fujian lunch with drinks). Please note we require a minimum of 6 people to run this tour.


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