Laoshe Teahouse

by Arina on October 4, 2010

in Teahouses

Lao She Teahouse has been "endorsed" by many political heavyweights

Laoshe Teahouse is to tea what Quan Ju De restaurant chain is to roast duck: not the best food or tea in town, but quite a brand name, endorsed by political heavyweights all over the world. In Quan Ju De they will remind you that Nixon was there 30-something years ago, and at Laoshe Teahouse’ lobby you will stumble on George Bush Sr bronze alter ego.

Opened in 1988 and named after a famous XX century Chinese writer Lao She and his play “Teahouse”, Laoshe Teahouse is strategically located just a few steps off the Tiananmen square. On the second floor there is a tea shop and a number of tea tasting suites, but it is not for the tea, or not only for the tea, that visitors come here. Every night buses unload groups of tourists that go straight to the third floor to enjoy the dinner and a nightly show. A number of traiditional Chinese performances, like Peking Opera, face-changing of Sichuan Opera, Chinese dance, kung fu or acrobatics, and of course, tea ceremony, are tightly packed into a 90 minutes show. Throughout the dinner and performance, waiters will serve you tea from long-spouted pots. Doing this without a spill is quite acrobatic in itself.

A nightly show at Laoshe Teahouse is a condensed version of Chinese performing arts

I think Laoshe Teahouse is a nice place to take your visiting family or friends to enjoy a condensed version of Chinese performing arts. The show is on every night at 19:50. Ticket prices range from 180 to 380 RMB. There are also afternoon shows on Saturday (15:00) and on Sunday (15:30), with prices from 60 to 180 RMB. To have a peek, you can watch a CCTV report about the Teahouse (along with other stories about Chinese tea. I found this link as well as a list of other very useful links at www.tillbergs.se, it is a pity I cannot read Swedish to enjoy the rest of this tea blog…)

Address: No.3, Qianmen Xidajie, Xuanwu District, Beijing (south-west of Tiananmen Square)

北京市宣武区前门西大街正阳市场三号楼

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