Zhengxingde Tea House (正兴德)

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Photo: Erik Eveland
5 Niujie
With almost 300 years of history under its belt, Zhengxingde Tea House is as famous for its heritage as its tea. The shop was originally opened in 1739 by a member of the Hui community who wanted to ensure the same quality assurance and halal standards for tea typically applied to food.

Today – like in all high-end teashops – you may find yourself out of your depth unless you know a thing or two about tea. Sourced from Fujian province, Zhengxingde’s tea is prepared on-site in a special environment that ensures purity and adherence to halal principles.

The prices can reach exorbitant heights (we saw one Westlake Longjing that was being sold for 3,800RMB per half-kilo), but there’s also tea that goes for as little as 30RMB for the same amount.
Venue name: Zhengxingde Tea House (正兴德)
Opening hours: 8am-9pm daily
English address: Room 1, Shangye Lou, 5 Niujie, Xicheng district
Chinese address: 牛街商业楼5-1屋
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