Teahouses have long been a part of the Chinese people’s life.
It is generally believed that during the Tang Dynasty the Tea peddlers who carried buckets of Tea and the city mobile tea booths were the first signs of what we call now a Teahouse.
Nowadays, they are more than just a place where you can go and drink Tea. They have become an important part of the social and culture life in China and often associated with art, often called “Tea art houses”.In recent years, Chinese Tea culture has gained unprecedent momentum. The number of teahouses and the new style Tea art houses keep growing. They are characterised by a serene inner space, where people can enjoy a quiet moment to rest their minds and body and take a break from the busy city life.
While in China this month I was looking to check what were the coolest tea houses and found Green T. House. Green T. House is more than just a Tea House. It’s a concept…The Green T. House restaurant in central Beijing (6 Gontjixilu Chaoyang 100027 Beijing) combines modern cuisine with Tea. Their dishes and drinks bring the culinary use of Tea into life. The menu is extensive and include dishes like green Tea roasted seabass, fragranced white Tea rice, Roasted Lamb nestled among coriander and high mountain Oolong Tea, Green Tea prawns and lobster, goats cheese and walnut salad with green Tea pesto, jasmine duck among others… You can also enjoy some great drinks like green tea mojito, cold oolong with apple juice, bitter lemon with oolong cocktail, beijing whisky sour and even oolong or jasmine beer.
If you have time you can also visit the Green T. House Living (318, cuigezhuang Xiang Hegezhuang Cun Chaoyang, Beijing 100015). This is closer to the airport so a good way to relax before catching your flight… You leave the crowded centre of Beijing and suddenly get into a Tea paradise. A place where it is impossible not to relax and enjoy the Green T. Living environment. The pavillion, the centre of the Green T. Living, is a space of serenity where you can enjoy the birds singing and also the nice T. music. and it´s open daily for lunch, dinner or Tea with T. Snacks. Everything is carefully placed in detail including the staff dress code which changes from winter to summer and is composed of a Kimono. The Tea is served in proper Chinese style and they perform the gongfu cha ceremony when serving your Tea. The T. snacks are also delicious!
You also have the bath house residence, a spa retreat, with a giant indoor Green Tea bath, inspired in the Tang Dynasty bath houses. Overnight stays at the Bath House Residence can be arranged but you need to book in advance. Green T. House Living has been awarded several wallpaper and other design awards and is home for several top events including fashion shows, product launches, Tea tastings and art exhibitions.
Drinking Tea in such a relaxed environment felt like a whole day at a spa. I was very relaxed, peaceful and with an amazing state of mind. These are the kinds of experiences that stay in your memory forever and I will definitely start trying some homemade dishes with Tea.
Happy Tea Break.