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Failed in your effort to get into a naturally healthy lifestyle? Quit midway throughout your 101th diet due to lack of effectiveness? Tired of wasting your hard-earned dollars on health products that refuse to work?


All this can and will be changed if you come and visit GuiShi Tea Shop in Beijing.


With one of the best green tea selections in China, this shop is popular with dieters. The teas, grown and baked in GuiShi¡¯s own plantation high in the mountains, are rich in polyphenols and are proven effective in losing weight.


Also, their teas are original, organic, and free from pollution, thus healthy and safe for dieters.


Some customers drink their teas as a quick way to shoot up their energy level.


The shop owner says that their tea helps get rid of harmful wastes in the body and enhances metabolism.


Aside from these scientific benefits, their teas also taste quite good. After sampling one tea,  Sara E., a patron from the U.K., says she will serve it during a theme party she is planning to throw.


This shop has spent a lot of time finding the best way to brew their tea, and they will demonstrate this method to you for free!


Great tea, great benefits. Ready for a much better life?


Known as the "health-giving tea" and "beauty-slimming tea" in China, Puer tea is something you won't regret trying out. This famous tea from the Yunnan province of southern China gives you both taste and health benefits.


For tea-loving tourists, the large Yunnan Pu'er Tea Market offers convenient location near the Tian'anmen Square. It is here on the second floor where I found Leyuanyu Pu'er Tea Shop.


The shopkeeper, Mr. Wang, warmly invited me to sit down and sample their fermented and unfermented teas. Decorated with unique items from the hometown of Pu¡¯er tea, Leyuanyu provided me a great tea-tasting experience. The stone elephants, wooden decorations, and green plants soon led me into a relax state. Fermented tea looks red, and tastes kinda sweet. Unfermented tea looks like amber. They taste somewhat bitter at first, but give a sweet after-taste.


Mr. Wang said all their Pu'er tea comes from naturally grown trees without any human interference. They offer two famous brands: "National Chinese" and "Image of Washan Mountain". The former has won many prizes in Pu'er tea competitions.


Looking around, I found a wide variety of compressed Pu¡¯er tea on display. The compressed nature makes them easy to carry. Some even come in nice small packages fit for presents or souvenirs. Prices are reasonable. One particular 250g "Tea Horse Ancient Road Pu¡¯er Brick Tea" cost only RMB 50, for instance.


What I appreciated

Quality Pu'er tea, a wide variety to choose from


What customers appreciate

Prize-winning Pu'er tea, natural and health-giving tea

Beijing pictures, 'Longsheng' cake tea

If you want to buy some Chinese tea, I highly recommend Pu'er tea due to its great health benefits, such as losing weight, lowering blood fat, and nourishing stomach.


At the southeast of Xuanwumen lies a Yunnan Pu'er Tea City. Outside the building you can notice a sign on a window writes "Longsheng", a big brand famous for Pu'er tea. The company owns some of the largest tea mountains in China. They are so famous even the president Hu Jintao personally visited their organic tea base on Yingpan Mountain. When it comes to quality, Longshen is second to none.


Inside the outlet, I found each of their goods attached with a price tag. The shop assistant told me that the prices are the same nationwide. They have a wide range of compressed tea for customers to choose from. A cake tea usually weighs 357 grams, and its price starts from 50 yuan. Tuo Cha (bun-shaped tea) looked lovely. A 250-gram grade A package cost 96 yuan. Yinya Tuo Cha, or Silver Sprout Pu¡¯er Tea, had many tea sprouts with white tiny fluff. Its grade was higher than the previous one, and priced at 150 yuan per piece (250 g).


The outlet also carries jasmine tea, organic green tea and oolong tea made in Yunnan.


What I appreciated

Quality Pu'er tea, famous brand


What customers appreciate

Healthful Pu¡¯er tea, reliable quality

Beijing pictures, The Gate of the shop

At the southeast of Xuanwumen lies a Yunnan Pu¡¯er Tea Market, only five minutes by cab from Tian¡¯anmen Square. For a tourist, this is a convenient place to taste Pu¡¯er tea, considered the ¡®health-giving tea¡¯ by many Chinese. Drinking this tea help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of cancer.


Yesterday I visited a nice Pu¡¯er tea outlet called YiWu HongQing on the second floor there. The shop assistant was Mr. Hao, who warmly invited me to sit down and taste their tea. He introduced to me the company¡¯s natural tea plantation at YiWu, the most famous tea mountain area in Yunnan province. All of their Pu¡¯er teas were hand-plucked from ancient trees, and processed entirely by hand.


You can buy two kinds of Pu¡¯er teas: Sheng Cha, which is raw, unfermented tea, or Shu Cha, which is fermented tea. Unfermented tea soup looks golden brown. They taste a bit bitter at first, but give a slight sweet after-taste. Fermented tea looks like red wine when brewed, and tastes a bit sweet. They give you a primitive feel.


For being carried more conveniently, Pu¡¯er teas are compressed into different shapes like cake, bun, brick, and melon. Prices vary by age and quality. The longer preserved ones could cost up to RMB 5600 for a 400g cake. But newer teas can be bought for as little as RMB 70 per 400g cake.


What I appreciated

Healthful Pu¡¯er tea from the most famous YiWu Mountain


What customers appreciate

Health-giving tea, top quality Pu¡¯er tea



Maliandao Tea Market is the oldest and most famous building on the west side of Maliandao Tea Street. On its third floor, I recently found a booth (No.7) selling quality Pu'er tea. And it was a great find indeed, a first class agent that sells the "National Treasure" brand of Pu'er tea. Their teas have won many prizes in tea competitions over the past several years. All teas come from their own ancient tea plantation.


When I approached the booth, a middle aged woman warmly invited me over to have a seat and sample their tea. She introduced herself as Manager Chen, and told me that many customers have stopped by and realized how great their tea tastes. I sampled, and I couldn¡¯t agree more.


Their cake teas weigh a bit less than a pound (380/400 g). Prices range from RMB 90 to RMB 6,000 per piece. The expensive ones are made from ancient tea trees more than 2,700 years old.


Their Tuo Cha, or bun-shaped tea, has two ranks: grade A and extra grade (top grade). The original price for one bag of Grade A tea that contains 5 buns (100 g per piece) is RMB 180. But aiming to let more customers know their products, you can buy a set for only RMB 58. For extra grade, you can have one bag at RMB 70, although its original price is RMB 220.


As for gift boxes, they offer one containing two big-leaf tea cakes (100 g per piece), one big-leaf tea brick (150 g), and a chisel to chip at the cakes. It costs 120 yuan. A green package containing 120 grams of ¡®Jade brick tea¡¯ only costs 30 yuan. Plus, they have more small packages of Pu¡¯er tea quite fit for presents.


What I appreciated

Prize-winning Pu¡¯er tea, a wide range for choice


What customers appreciate

Healthful Pu¡¯er tea, high quality, small packages for gifts

Beijing pictures, Hunan Dark Tea Outlet

Chinese tea lovers know there are six types of Chinese teas: green, black, dark, yellow, white, and oolong. Among them, dark tea mainly includes Hunan dark tea and Yunnan Pu¡¯er tea. And people see them as ¡®brothers¡¯ due to their similar history, shape, and health benefits.


It¡¯s not common to see dark tea retailers on the famous Maliandao Tea Street. But I did find one on the basement of Beijing International Tea Centre. The shop is run by two ladies. One comes from Anhua, the hometown of Hunan dark tea. The other comes from Yunnan, home of the Pu¡¯er tea.


The two first met in Yunnan, and almost as if by fate, immediately became friends. They soon decided to open a shop together in Beijing to sell the ¡®brotherly teas¡¯.


Dark tea is a fermented tea whose health benefits are known in all Oriental countries. Japanese call it ¡®slim-keeping tea¡¯, Koreans call it ¡®beautifying tea¡¯, and Chinese people call it ¡®wholesome tea¡¯. Drinking dark tea can help you lose weight, sober up, improve digestion, and lower your blood pressure.


Prices vary by the tea¡¯s age. For casual drinkers, you may try a 2007 two kg brick of dark-flower tea for RMB 230. Whereas a two kg brick of 1992 dark brick tea would set you back RMB 1680.


What I appreciated

Healthful Hunan dark tea, Yunnan Pu¡¯er tea


What customers appreciate

Health-giving Chinese tea


Situated near Yonghegong Lamasery, the tea shop named Tianfumingcha (Ì츣Üø²è) 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

Beijing pictures, Japanese Sen Tea

If you like Chinese tea, you won¡¯t regret paying a visit to Tea Researcher. The shop offers many types of tea, from various tea planting regions in Asia, and also from Europe and Africa. Until then this tea shop has opened less than a dozen branches in Beijing.


I was at first attracted by a tea gift box composed of two packages of Dahongpao (´óºìÅÛ). Dahongpao is one of the rare and excellent Wulong teas (often spelled Oolong) and its price is pretty expensive. According to the tea shop assistant (who could speak a little English), the variety of Dahongpao carried by the shop is of a high quality. Its prices range from RMB 65 per 15g to RMB 238 per 60g.


Tea Researcher packages their teas in different hues: the green tag denotes Chinese tea, the purple one is reserved for Japanese and Korean teas. European and African teas are packaged in blue and brown boxes respectively.


The shop assistant recommended both Dahongpao and Dongding Wulong, a tea harvested and fermented in Taiwan. The taste of Wulong tea is even more magnificent when you infuse it in a Zisha teapot (Zisha a special mineral deposit which is ground to make a paste with which skilled craftsmen make very exclusive teapots). She also told me Mocha (Ĩ²è) imported from Japan would benefit a girl¡¯s skin. Sencha (¼å²è), another popular tea from Japan, has a little sweet and freshly green taste.


Prices range from RMB 50 per 15g up to RMB 300 per 60g. More expensive gift boxes were priced at over RMB 500. No bargaining.


What I appreciated:

Dahongpao tea, good service


What customers appreciate:

Quality tea, good service



Plum Garden, or Meiyuan in Chinese, is a teashop near middle North 3rd Ring Rd. They mainly offer Chinese green tea at reasonable prices.


Plum Garden has many repeat customers from the local residents, due to its selection and service. When I visited this tea shop, the hospitable middle-aged shop assistant offered me a taste of their new arrival Cuifeng ¨C Green Hilltop ¨C tea. Produced in Zhejiang province, Cuifeng does indeed give a taste its name suggests. It is priced at RMB 16 / 50g to RMB 36 / 50g. The taste of Cuifeng is light with a bit chestnut smell. The color of its tea soup is jade green.


Green tea offered in the shop comes in several categories, like Longjing, Maojian, Cuifeng, and Cuizhu. The prices for Longjing range from RMB 20 / 50g to RMB 80 / 50g, and for Cuizhu from RMB 50 / 50g to RMB 100 / 50g.


The store also offers a nice variety of Puer tea, between RMB 20 to RMB 100 per package.


The shop assistant can also offer tips on how to brew each kind of tea, to bring out the best flavor available. She just can speak a little bit English words to talk with foreigners.


What I appreciated:

Cuifeng and Cuizhu green tea


What customers appreciate:

Price and selection


Wuyutai is a famous Beijing tea brand dating back to the 19th century. Among its numerous stores in Beijing, I visited its outlet on Huixin Xijiebei Street in Chaoyang district.


I found the quaint tea shop clean and orderly, with 2 shop assistants to help the customers. Many gift tea boxes rested on the left side, while the regular-packaged teas were displayed near the front. They had a large selection of teas, including green tea, Wulong tea, flower tea, and red tea. The prices ranged from RMB 10 / 50g to RMB 100 / 50g.


According to the shop assistant, the heavy Tieguanyin Tea is popular in autumn season, which the shop also offers as a gift box for RMB 50 (100g). Unfortunately, the shop assistants cannot speak English, so you would do well to have a written note of the tea name when you visit.


What I appreciated:

Tieguanyin Tea; Chinese honored brand


What customers appreciate:

Large selection, traditional brand

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