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Odds & Ends --- Minghui Tea House

Minghui 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.

Minghui 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 related.

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