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“A must-do trip for anyone steeped in tea or just tea-curious”

Tea Trips Beijing - Private One-day Tour
Ranked #36 of 54 Food & Drink in Beijing
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Owner description: Ok, some home truths. This really isn’t much of a tour. It’s much, much more than a tour. Tea expert, trained chef, industry insider and bon vivant Joel Shuchat as well as fellow tea entrepreneur and expert Celestina Swanson have been sourcing and exporting China’s finest tea for six caffeine-filled years. Join them on a pilgrimage to Maliandao Tea City, Beijing’s biggest and best tea wholesaling and tasting area. Witness and learn with Joel and Celestina as you taste, talk and cut deals with bigwig sellers from across China’s premier tea regions. It’s all in a day’s work for a tea trader – and an insider’s treat not to miss for any tea lover.
Reviewed February 12, 2012

I'd wholeheartedly recommend this tea tour to the Beijing tourist or the grizzled ex-pat - as it's difficult to know how else a foreigner could get so close to such high-end teas without being cheated royally. As an experienced tea drinker, I doubled my knowledge in a single day. But even if you're someone who doesn't yet know much about tea, this tour will set you on a lifetime's journey, and tell you much about China in the bargain. Those shy of caffeine would do well to pace themselves and abstain from endless refills. But a hearty, unique lunch should stop your head spinning - until the afternoon at least. Thoroughly good value, good humoured and (probably) good for you.

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Reviewed February 11, 2011

Awesome tour, excellent food and tea! Would recommend it to anyone passing through the city to get away from the normal tourist sites. Great way to spend a morning and see the old Beijing.

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Reviewed December 8, 2010

My company organsied a tour as part of a team-building day and it couldn't have been better. I've never thought of myself as a real tea lover but some of the teas we tasted were real amazing, better than anything I've had. It helps to have an expert tell you what to look for in each cup, explain how to taste and why one tea is different from the next. My only complaint was that the tea area is a bit out of town, so it took me some time to reach. But apart form that, one of the best days out in Beijing. Oh, and the lunch really is out of this world. OMG delish!

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Reviewed December 8, 2010

I was originally hoping for a short 2-3 hour session of tea, we all got more than we could ask for. Nearly 6 hours of food and tea was a lot more than I thought I could handle, but the whole time passed by beautifully. Fully recommended to anyone passing through Beijing. Also, the tour seemed to be made up of many other expat types living in the city. They helped plan the rest of my short stay in Beijing in just a few moments of conversation and napkin writing. Far exceeded my expectations!

4  Thank danations
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