China National Tea Museum occupies 3.7 hectares and 8,000 square meters construction area. The themes of it are about tea and its culture. It was opened to the public in April, 1991. The museum lies with the green hills at its back and tea plantations in front. Inside the museum, the flower corridors, trees, rockeries, ponds and water-side pavilions are well integrated. Here you can learn about the history of tea, the best varieties and the etiquette of tea drinking in China.
The museum has four separated buildings which are respectively of exhibition, tea sipping and tasting, tea service ceremony, and multi-function. The exhibition building is again divided into 6 exhibition zones, including history of tea-growing, the varieties and distribution of tea in China, events related to tea, various tea utensils used in the old dynasties and tea-drinking habits in different parts of China with tea-related culture. Visitors can also learn about the scientific and technological aspects of tea growing and processing.
No.2 building has been a fine locale for a number of cultural activities on tea, including a series of international seminars on tea culture and exchange.
No. 3 and 4 buildings serve as tea drinking and performance sections, which not only introduce you the way to drink tea in detail, but also display various drinking rituals seen in different provinces and foreign countries.
The China Tea Museum is located in Shuangfeng, Longjing Road, Hangzhou, Zhijiang Province. It is open from 8:30 am to 16:30 pm. To get there you can take bus K27 or tourist3 to the Shuangfeng Bus Station, but rent a bike (most of the hotels in Hangzhou have bikes for hire) to ride there is considered the best choice.