Chinatown? Beijing is already in China, there is no Chinatown in Beijing.
Yeah I was kind of surprised that there is a Chinatown in Beijing. Last time the British spent too much money for tea, there were two wars. Let's not start another war over the price of tea in China.
Beijing China Town is just a shopping area,at Minzuyuan Lu 2#.
SNA tour brought us to Dr Tea in Beijing and we made quite a big purchase, thinking that we could trust this company and our tour company. To our disappointment, it is totally a fake advertisement. After the tea tasting, we bought some teas. They were selling the tea as aged pu-erh tea of 18 years.
However, on the day that we were packing to leave for Xian, we realized that none of the tea bricks we bought have any date stamped on package. They said it was aged 18 years, hence the price of 600
Yuan each, and at promotion, 2 for 1000 Yuan. We bought 6 boxes, thinking to give to family and friends. We trusted SNA would not bring us to places that sell fake stuff or with bad reputation.
I asked Henry, our tour guide in Xian, and he said that supposedly all good quality pu-erh tea should have date stamped on the package. We felt so cheated.
What we were given is not aged pu-erh, as they advertised and sold it to us. We did some research upon returning to San Francisco that it was just an imitation of the aged pu-Erh. It is ripened pu-erh. Aged raw pu-erh should have leaves that unfurl when brewed while leaves of most ripened pu- erh will generally remain closed. We brewed a few times since, and none of the tea leaves were open.
STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE! I regretted that a tour company from Canada would bring us here.
it is just a shopping center which has quite low business.
yes, its not too far from Bird Nest.
My chinese boss tasted the pu'er tea bought at Dr Ts, his result was he thought it was bad pu'er tea mixed with worsdt pu'er tead, his wife thought it was used pu'er tea dried out and repackaged.
Dr TEA is an absolute scam! We were taken for a tea tasting 'ceremony' on our way back from the Great Wall on our way to the Olympic village. The tea tasting was delightful but when they disclosed the prices we almost fell off our chairs. When we didn't offer to purchase, they started throwing in freebies and making 'promotional offers.' We stuck to our guns and didn't make a purchase. and we are so glad, especially since the very same tea is available on Amazon.com at half the price!
Shame on Grayline tours for associating with this rip-off scheme. We suspect that our tour guide likely would have received a kick-back from any purchases that we made along the way. She was eager to the point of insistence that we go to the tea house, even though we had been to one in Shanghai the week before and politely declined. The tour to the tea house was the last of a series of three 'quick stops' that she took us to, the other two being a jade/stone carving 'museum and a silk museum. both stops being nothing other than tourist traps. By the time we reached the 3rd stop and hadn't made a purchase, our tour guide was restless and eager to disconnect from us.
I bought tea from the same Tea house. I found your post by googling, wondering if I'd got ripped off too as the place did have the feel of a tourist trap. However, I don't *think* the tea place was a scam. Forced shopping maybe, but not a scam.
Firstly, some Chinese people were attending tastings and buying the tea and my logic (which I still think holds true) was that if the locals are interested, there is some value there.
Secondly, I showed my Chinese boss the tea today, and he could not see a certificate on the outside of the packet either which he expected to see, but when we opened it, the certificate was on the inside of the packet for the Puer tea. Being from Beijing, he knew Dr Tea and in his words Dr Tea are 'famous' for their tea. This is from a guy who spends 5000 yuan a packet on his tea so he does care about the subject and know a bit about it.
Of course you can get the change colour cups for 3 dollars in the market. They were free give-aways. I didn't pay for them. I bargained for them. What ever made you think otherwise? I never would have paid actual money for them.
With regards to the silk place, they were selling their silk at significantly cheaper prices than what I would have to pay to get similar in NZ. As you will see, the prices on this website silksensation.co.nz/Online-Shop/… are 4 to 8 times more expensive than the silk place we went to and you get less silk from the online store.
Edited: 6:59 am, August 28, 2012
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