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Sara Naumann

Tianshan Tea Market in Shanghai

By January 10, 2010

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Tea shops abound on the streets of Shanghai but when you're busy getting from one place to the other, you may not have time to pop in and see what's on sale. If you're a visitor here, tea is probably on your list of things to buy. But what tastes good? What varieties are there? Where does it all come from?

If you want to really get to know your tea, then head to the Tianshan Tea Market in Shanghai. You'll find lots of little teashops all bunched together in a mall-like atmosphere and the folks who work inside are very friendly and happy to do their job: sell tea. Give yourself plenty of time because you'll want to have a nice wander before you sit down to sample.

And do sample! This is the best way to learn about the tea. Most shops have tea service. So sit, ask questions and sip away. You're not obligated to buy, but of course, if you spend an hour in a shop drinking their tea, there might be a small expectation. Bargain away, but you'll find prices very reasonable.

Tianshan Tea Market

Zhongshan Xi Road #520 (上海市长宁区中山西路520号) | open daily 10am-6pm

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Photo: Pu'er tea on sale at one of the Tianshan Tea Market shops. © 2010 Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.

January 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(1) Eiko says:

Thank you for the info about the Tea Market in Shanghai. Just noticed that the address in Chinese has one mistake (录 -> 路)
So address is 上海市长宁区中山西路520号.

January 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm
(2) gochina says:

Oh, thanks for that! Have made the correction.


August 18, 2011 at 11:05 am
(3) vivian says:

No 580 ,West nan jing Road a

lso is a nice place to buy some tea.There is a big tea house in the 4th floor.
Free taste tea.They will do tea ceremony for you,and. let you know how to make the perfect tea.This shop is full of chinese culture.If you like tea,maybe just take a visit there.

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