Tea house definition from Wikipedia: “A tea house or tearoom is a venue centered on drinking tea. Its function varies widely depending on the culture, and some cultures have a variety of distinct tea-centered houses or parlors that all qualify under the English language term tea house or tea room.”
During my years in Beijing, I have found numerous tea shops, where I tasted teas and bought them, went to tea markets and various tea venues where I could contemplate the tea ceremony and the art of tea drinking. But never have I been touched by so much passion and love of sharing then by Guyi Tea House.
Guyi tea house is nestled in Houhai, in a humble space of 2 floors, overlooking the Hutongs. It’s a communal and cultural platform. It is not a commercial place.
The 1st time, I enjoyed watching and listening to my friend’s private Guqin class.A lady sat next time me to pour us tea.
The 2nd time, I was invited with my friend Peter, to taste the Heaven City Tea, their own signature tea grown in the mountain, in a pure and natural environment. The monk came to the city, to share his tea, and I was among the privileged guest to drink the tea poured by him for 3 hours straight.
Peter’s Guqin master also showed us his Hutong studio where he makes the Guqin. He showed us how to carve the wood, a wood that is 200 years old!
And the 3rd time, I had tea and listened to the Beijing Opera class that was being held upstairs. The class just costed 10rmb, and I happily paid my contribution. I enjoyed the sound of the class, while I was downstairs drinking tea and choosing ceramics to take home.
Guyi Tea House gives a meaning to the word ” tea house”. They always treated me like a friend of the house. To me, it is a parenthesis in my busy urban life, a moment of peace and wisdom, protected from the hustle and bustle of the city. Each time I stepped in, I left inspired and incredibly uplifted.
The people who work there are good people, passionate and very hospitable.
GUYI TEA HOUSE– Tel: 83224869
I wouldn’t be able to explain how to get there, the best is to call and ask the person to explain the taxi driver. The teahouse is in Houhai. They also host calligraphy class, Beijing Imperial Food Class, and much more.
Listen to the beautiful music by Jordan Thomas Mitchell: ” Tea House” using sounds from Guyi Tea House with birds singing, Guqin, water fountain and more…