Hotel Tea Brewing in China

The biggest difference between East and West hotels is Gong Fu brewing.


Hotels can be like airports - a standardised experience. An oversized bed facing a wall mounted flat screen TV next to an expensive mini bar kind of experience . In some ways this is quite comforting in a foreign country. The hotel lobby can represent an international space with understood protocols to ease you when travelling.

One of the main differences that I always notice when I visit a hotel in China is the extra attention being given to tea. This is not always true and I have been tempted to complain when I visit a decent hotel in China stocking mugs and teabags. But in many hotels you will find complementary loose leaf tea and a Gaiwan or Gong Fu sized teaware. This always brings a smile to my face and mental tick of approval.

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The perfect way to store your tea. Stackable tins which have been designed to keep your tea organised easily.

Long Jing - Dragonwell

First flush, pre-qing-ming Long Jing picked on 8th March from 40-year-old bushes of the small leaf variety. Sweet adzuki beans, lemon shortbread and palmier.

Organic Oolong processed in low oxygen to increase GABA to 200mg per 100g. Summer rain, apricot jam, wet wood and chestnut honey.

Ancient tree Raw Gushu PuErh from Da Xue Shan forests in Yunnan. Banana pudding, wild strawberries, flint and green bamboo.