Situated near Yonghegong Lamasery, the tea shop named Tianfumingcha (Ìì¸£Üø²è) offers various kinds of Chinese tea and delicious tea candies at reasonable prices. This tea shop chain counts over 600 branches in China. It originates from Taiwan, and has become popular for the quality of its service and products.
The day I visited the shop, they were offering flower tea on sale. A smiling shop assistant let me have a taste of it: light, with a discreet jasmine flavor. As I made my way into the shop, another shop assistant greeted me and inquired for my needs. Similar to other branches, this shop is mainly decorated in yellow, green and brown hues. Their teas are displayed on the right side and in the back. On the left side of the shop, several kinds of tea snacks are displayed orderly on the shelves. Tea pots are exhibited at the back of the shop. It is a little bit tiny but has soothing atmosphere.
According to the shop assistant (who could not speak English), their products are chiefly transported from Fujian province. She recommended me to shop for tea according to seasons. For example, as a female customer, if I plan to lose weight in the springtime, Puer tea or red tea are both solid choices. I picked out a box of Puer tea (100 g): the box was weaved in bamboo slates, and looked pretty exquisite. Apparently, this packaging has a lot of success with customers as it looks good for gifting.
Besides Chinese teas, the shop sells a lot of tea snacks: Tieguanyin tea candy, green tea candy, red tea candy, and plums in different tastes. Prices range from RMB 20 to RMB 60 per bag (200 g).
Prices for tea range from RMB 10 / 50 g to RMB 100 / 50 g. Bargaining is not customary here.
What I appreciated:
Puer tea, tea candy
What customers appreciate:
Good service, quality products
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Porcelain bowls as thin as paper
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