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Taichi Teahouse

Add:184 Hefang Street

Time:9am to 9pm

Credit Cards Accepted
English Service Available


Spinning a long-spouted teapot around their body, waiters pour tea from a distance into cups in an elaborate tai chi-style, assuming poses, circling the vessel around their head and balancing the long spout on their shoulders - it's a must-see in Hangzhou and an icon of the Tai Chi Teahouse nestled on Hefang Street, a quaint commercial street. The waiters wear long blue gowns and black skullcaps, a typical costume from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and the history of their impressive serving skills can be traced back to the 18th century when the tea acrobatics were invented by tea master Zheng Xiangdong. The tricks using brass pots with extremely long spouts allow visitors not only to enjoy a performance but make the tea taste better as it is fully stirred.