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.