Tea House is situated in a quiet, carefully renovated courtyard on the
temple ground of Da Jue Si ( a former imperial temple ) in the Western
Mountains, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Beijing city. the place gives
a great sense of calmness - a good spot to soothe stressed nerves and
to follow the tea ceremony. The Buddhist temple was built in 1068 and
named Qingquan ( Clear Spring ). The fresh water from the spring is still
collected in the dragon pool and then runs in little channels through
the temple grounds, giving it a pleasant atmosphere. The temple halls,
with their fine statures and old trees in the courtyards, attract many
visitors. The old ginkgo tree, almost 1,000 years old, in the courtyard
looks as if it has many trunks. One can stay in the temple overnight and
enjoy the calmness of serenity of the early morning as famous folks have
done. Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty loved coming to this place
to meditate. Years later, Chiang kai-shek and Mao Zedong stayed here before
moving to the city of Beijing.
Minghui Tea House offers China's
national drink in a highly cultured way in order to preserve Chinese tea
culture art and to spread knowledge about it. IN practicing the tea cultured
ceremony which combines Chinese traditional practices with Taiwan's, young
girls who are tea culture experts say to guests from abroad about the
tea and the art of drinking it, a delicate, harmonious, highly ceremonied
way of drinking Chinese tea. All of staff were trained in women's colleges
where tea culture is one of the major courses.
Tea House also serves Shaoxing dishes enjoying popularity around the country.
Shaoxing cuisine is distinctive because of its healthy qualities and unique
preservation. Guests can enjoy the most authentic taste in Beijing amidst
the stmosphere of 19th Century's Zhejiang Province, where the Shaoxing
dishes originated. Chefs are from there, carrying with them most of the
local vegetables and condiments.
Guests can stay at Minghui
Tea House where guesthouses are provided. A presidential suite is fully
equipped. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, all are magnificent season in
Minghui Tea House. You must "be here" to get the full pleasure of the
Minghui of the four seasons' splendor.
There is a great variety of
teas available in Minghui Tea House, some of them as listed below are
very popular here:
Daoist Tea - With its complicated
vivid rituals, it offers the essence of Chinese Daoism through the slow
sipping and smell.
Scholor Tea - Emphasized specially
on the delicacies, it required a rather high classification, i.e. " clear
water, clear inhaling air, clear mind, clear surrounding, clear elites".
Farmer Tea - Like on the farms,
it pursues the flavor of simplicity and the natural taste of everything
Reservations could be made
through Regent China Tours