At the southwest corner of Hou Hai, a popular tourist area, lies a small shop, carrying the local products from southwest Chinaí»s Yunnan province. The façade of the shop is reminiscent of Old Beijing, with grey bricks and a yellow signboard hanging above the door.
As soon as I got into the shop, I noticed some Puí»er tea shaped into round flat cake. Ití»s called Bing Cha, or cake tea. The brands are all some of the best, such as Da Yi and Long Sheng. Prices for these healthful tea range from 68 yuan to 268 yuan each. Also on display are gift boxes of Puí»er tea, which is a popular gift item.
Before there was instant ramen, there was "Cross-bridge Rice Noodles", a famous dish in Yunnan, where all the ingredients are mixed into the noodle soup right before it's served. The shop sells the rice noodles used for this dish at 6.5 yuan per 500 g.
Another thing that caught my eye was the Bamboo Tube Liquor. The particular liquor had a beautiful bamboo tube packaging, and cost 48 yuan for the 1 liter bottle.
Other goods on sale included local snacks like roast beef and preserved vegetables.
What I appreciated
Characteristic Yunnan specialties
What customers appreciate
Yunnan local products, local features
Taiyuanfang Teahouse is an expert in traditional Chinese tea art.
It is situated on the second floor of its building. The entrance door is guarded by two clay statues of ancient warriors. Classical furniture items line both sides of the corridor. On the left, there are small private rooms. Step ahead, and turn left: a line of traditional Chinese tables and chairs are set alongside the windows. Customers can sit there, and enjoy both a cup of Chinese tea and the outside scenery. Soft classical Chinese music is floating in the air.
On a shelf, many kinds of Yunnan Puí»er teas are on display: their cost ranges from RMB 80 to several thousand yuan. According to a waitress, the house offers over 50 kinds of teas including the famed Longjing, Tie Guanyin and jasmine tea, and a dozen of other refreshments.
If you want to enjoy your tea alone or with a small party, rent a private room RMB 20 for an hour, or RMB 80 if you want to keep it without time limits. Refreshments cost RMB 10 a serving. For a party of five or six customers, the cost per person will amount to RMB 30 to RMB 40 on average. A helping of melon seeds or pistachio nuts will be sent for free to customers.
The teahouse also shelters the Taiyuanfang Bridge Club.
What I appreciated
Elegant atmosphere, quality Chinese tea, classic Chinese furniture, appeasing classical Chinese music.
Yunnan Teahouse specializes in Puí»er Tea. It is decorated in an ancient and unique style. The old wooden door, still in its original color, was brought to Beijing from Shanxi Province. The tables and chairs are old, and have never been lacquered. Actually they are folk antiques. In the center of the outer room there is a rockery, with a trickle of water. The teahouse is definitely out-of-character in its modern neighborhood.
On the wooden shelves, various Puí»er teas are displayed orderly. They come directly from Yunnan Province. Prices for fermented or unfermented brick-shaped teas (250g) range from RMB 95 to RMB 138. One case of cake-shaped tea (700g) costs RMB 360. A kind of unfermented cake-shaped tea made in 1999 costs RMB 980 per unit. Prices for unfermented bowl-shaped compressed teas are RMB 58 and RMB 95 (250g), and fermented bowl-shaped compressed tea costs RMB 156 (250g). Prices for fermented or unfermented cake-shaped tea (357g) range from RMB 148 to RMB 456. Fermented brick-shaped tea (1000g) costs RMB 762.
If you are looking for a special bottle to make tea easily, the tea house carries one for RMB 48.
What I appreciated
Original Puí»er teas from Yunnan Province, old-fashioned decoration and furniture.
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