Shopping in Beijing Maliandao Tea Street
With tea being one of the luxury products produced in China, it is now going through a renaissance with the burgeoning Chinese upper class. In Beijing, Maliandao Tea Street thrums from dawn to dark with processions of tea lovers, all intoxicated by its smell and savor.
Located in southwestern Xuanwu District, Maliandao Tea Street is conveniently located near the Beijing West Railway Station. The Tea Street is a wonderful way for visitors to get a glimpse into China’s tea culture.
Tea is not just a simple beverage, but a living piece of ancient Chinese culture. It is simple to prepare, but has endless varieties and styles which keep connoisseurs addicted. It is a wonderful way to truly feel Chinese culture and the best part is you can take it with for your friends and family.
The 1,500-meter long street sells the finest teas throughout China. The businesses on Maliandao Tea Street occupy an area of over 64,000-square feet and it has over 8 large tea malls. It is the largest tea distribution area in northern China. Retailers purchase tea here and export it to the United States, Korea, Russia, Japan, and many countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The annual trade volume exceeds 1.3 billion Yuan which accounts for a tenth of the national tea trade volume.
Opening Hours: Daily
Location: Maliandao Chaye Jie, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Best Time to Shop
You can go to the street every day. But if you want to go shopping with many people and it will be noised and lively, you can choose Saturday and Sunday; if you need to be quiet and peaceful, Monday to Friday will be your wise choice.
How to get there
Beijing Tea Street is located Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu District. And it is near the Beijing West Railway Station. Traffic is very convenient and you can take a taxi to maliandao tea street gate or take buses: No.46, 414, 609 to Maliandao Nankou.
What to buy?
- Anxi Tieguanyin Tea
- West Lake Dragon Well Tea
- Dongting Biluochun Tea
- Huangshan Maofeng Tea
- Pingshui Pinhead Tea
- Qihong Tea,
- Dianhong Tea,
- Dahongpao Tea,
- Taiwan’s Dongding Oolong Tea
- The tea street also sells things related to tea such as calligraphy and paintings that are wonderful to appreciate while drinking a cup of China’s most famous beverage.
A Maliandao Tea Street Virtual Tour
Maliandao can be daunting for first-timers, with its boisterous teashops selling thousands of different teas and its less-than-glamorous restrooms. But it makes for a perfect day trip for those looking for some culture and adventure. Here are a few of our favorite tea stops.
Hong Zhi Teashop
Owner Hong Zhi from Anhui province has set up one of most reputable and relaxing shops on Maliandao. His selection of Anhui teas is unbeatable and the employees here are knowledgeable on teas from all over China; a rarity as most people in the tea industry believe only tea from their home province is worth mentioning. Try their Monkey King green tea from Taiping Lake (Taiping houkui), or keemun black teas (qimen hongcha) all made in Hong Zhis home province, some even made on his brothers farm.
Location: 10 Maliandao Chaye Jie, Xuanwu District
Opening hours: Daily 8am-10pm
Shi Jie Cha Teashop
Owner Lou Ping is from Wuyi Mountain, Chinas most famous oolong region. Her unassuming shop at the end of Maliandao brings the best of the Wuyi Mountain rock oolongs highly oxidized, full of minerals, and complex to Beijing. Try the dahongpao. And since this shop is open 24 hours, theres a selection of puer bricks for late night tea drinking.
Location: E-29 Cha Yuan, Maliandao Chaye Jie, Xuanwu District
Opening hours: Daily 12am-12pm
Si Ji Cha Xiang Tea Ware Shop
This tea ware shop, owned by Jin Huashun, primarily exports to Korea so quality here is higher than most, with unique tea wares made from natural materials. Their imaginative gourd tea filters and bamboo scoops are favorites with tea lovers.
Location: 2/F, 11 Maliandao Chaye Jie, Xuanwu District
Opening hours: Daily 8.30am-6pm
Geng Xiang Shi Fu Restaurant
Tea drinking should never be attempted on an empty stomach. Thats why this delicious Zhejiang restaurant makes the perfect pit stop. The owner, a pioneer in Chinas organic tea movement, never uses MSG and sometimes uses organic vegetables. Guests can enjoy live shows starting at 6pm, such as traditional Chinese music or dancing tea ceremonies.
Location: 2/F, Gengxiang Teahouse, Maliandao Chaye Jie, Xuanwu District
Opening hours: Daily 9am-10pm