Located on the Huashi East Street, Royal Tea Garden is housed in a nice two-story building. Before the entrance gate, two imposing stone lions keep guard.
Getting into the teahouse, you cross a little bridge over a stream passing through the floor. Chinese wooden tables and chairs are set in an orderly manner on the first floor. And on the second floor, many books are stowed on shelves. Patrons who want to enjoy some privacy will rent a small (RMB 60/hour), medium-sized (RMB 120/hour), or a large (RMB 240/hour, 12 sofas) private room.
A wide variety of Chinese teas are available for your choosing. Biluochun or Longjing tea cost RMB 68 a portion, Huangshan Maofeng or Xinyang Maojian RMB 48, and Tie Guanyin RMB 160 ~ 680. The price of a snack of munchies (e.g. pistachio nuts) is RMB 25. This is a pleasant venue to enjoy Chinese tea with friends.
What I appreciated
A good assortment of Chinese teas, decoration feturing Chinese traditional elements, an agreeable environment.
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