Chinese Name: 中国茶叶博物馆 Pronunciation: Zhōngguó Cháyè Bówùguǎn
Building Time: 1990
Admission Ticket Fare: Free
Recommended Time for Visit: 2-3 Hours
Building Area: About 13,000 square meters
Building Function: To inherit tea culture and promote Chinese tea culture
Opening Time: 9:00-16:30 (Note: The museum is closed on Monday (Open when Monday meets Chinese legal holiday).)
Address: No.88, Longjing Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China, and No.268, Wongjiashan, Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Brief Introduction of China National Tea Museum
The Main Entrance
Located in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China National Tea Museum is the only national museum focusing on tea and tea culture. So far, it consists of two branches: Shuangfeng Branch (No. 88, Longjing Road) and Longjing Branch (No. 268, Wongjiashan), and the linear distance between them is about 1,500 meters.
China National Tea Museum is the exhibition center of the world tea culture, owning more than 5,000 tea artifacts. It is also the interactive experience tourism complex centering on tea and tea culture, comprising functions such as cultural display, popular science publicity, scientific research, academic exchange, tea art training, and conferences, etc.
Take tea culture as the main thread, the Shuangfeng Area tells the story that how tea goes into people’s life. Featured by karst landform, the Longjing Area offers you a panorama of surrounding tea mountains and the West Lake.
History of China National Tea Museum
In April 1991, China National Tea Museum officially opened to the public.
In 1998, the International Peace Tea Culture Exchange Hall was built and opened to the public. The museum was granted the “Zhejiang Provincial Museum of Civilization” by the Cultural Heritage Administration of Zhejiang Province.
In 2004, the website of the museum (www.teamuseum.cn) was officially opened. It is a comprehensive tea culture website comprises introduction of the museum and basic information about tea and tea ceremony.
In 2009, the museum was approved as a National Secondary Museum by the National Cultural Heritage Administration.
In 2015, the Longjing Area of China National Tea Museum was opened to the public.
In 2020, the museum was selected in the “List of the Fourth Batch of National First-class Museums”.
What to See in China National Tea Museum
Tea History Hall
Tea History Hall
Tea History Hall gives you a general understanding of tea history by showing tea culture relics, related poems, and ways people drink tea at different times. Originating from China, from medicinal use to human consumption, tea has experienced many dynasties. It can be found in the original porcelain stove of the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD), the tea set of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and the ways of tea competition of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
Tea Gathering Hall
Tea Gathering Hall
In Tea Gathering Hall, you can find more than 100 kinds of tea, including green tea, black tea, oolong tea, yellow tea, white tea, dark tea, and other reprocessed tea. You can also find Pu’er tea bricks from Yunnan Province and the Pumpkin tea with a diameter of more than one meter.
Special Exhibition of the West Lake Longjing Tea
Here, the exquisite craft and the drinking way of the West Lake Longjing tea are exhibited. You can hear stories about Longjing and the West Lake and get all information you want about the West Lake Longjing tea.
West Lake Longjing Tea Museum
The Chinese Zisha and Tin Tea Set Exhibition displays more than a hundred Zisha (purple clay) tea sets and Tin tea sets with a history of thousands of years. It consists of six modules, such as tea set history and tea set materials. There are also many temporary exhibitions.
The museum stores over 5,000 artifacts such as the White Glazed Bowl in the Tang Dynasty, the Green Glazed Printed cup in the Song Dynasty, and the Pastel Enamel Pear Pot with folded branches and floral patterns in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912).
The museum provides English and Chinese guided tour services at a reasonable price. It also provides audio guide machines with Chinese, English, French, Japanese, and Korean languages.
Transportation to China National Tea Museum
To Shuangfeng Branch:
Take bus 27 or 87 and get off at Shuangfeng Station.
Take bus 180 and get off at Lijilongshan Station. After getting off, you need about 6-minute walking. Walk eastward about 30 meters, turn left, walk about 100 meters, turn front-left, walk about 270 meters to the destination.
To Longjing Branch:
Take bus 27 or 87 and get off at the Tea Museum Longjing Area Station.
Chinese: 请带我去中国茶叶博物馆龙井馆区。English: Please take me to the Longjing Branch of China National Tea Museum.
If you go to the Longjing Branch of China National Tea Museum from Hangzhou City center (JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou), it takes about 25 minutes (about 40 yuan).
If you go to the Longjing Branch of China National Tea Museum from Hangzhou International Airport, it takes about 1 hour (about 130 yuan).
If you go to the Longjing Branch of China National Tea Museum from Hangzhou Railway Station, it takes about 30 minutes (about 30 yuan).
If you go to the Longjing Branch of China National Tea Museum from Hangzhou East Railway Station, it takes about 50 minutes (about 60 yuan).
If you go to the Longjing Branch of China National Tea Museum from Hangzhou South Railway Station, it takes about 1 hour (about 80 yuan).
Chinese: 请带我去中国茶叶博物馆双峰馆区。English: Please take me to the Shuangfeng Branch of China National Tea Museum.
If you go to the Shuangfeng Branch of China National Tea Museum, it will take you another 5 minutes and another 10 yuan from the same starting place compared with going to the Longjing Area of China National Tea Museum.