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Longjing Imperial Tea Garden

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Opening Hours of the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden Opening Hours

8:30 a.m. till late
Latest reservation for dinner before 7 p.m.

Admission Ticket Prices Admission Fee

10 Yuan

When Chinese people hear the name Longjing, they think of the famous green tea that is produced in the village of the same name. Longjing tea (literally translated as "Dragon Well tea") is one of the most famous kinds of green tea in China. During the time of the Qing dynasty, it was bestowed the status of imperial tea (Gong Cha). There are many legends surrounding Longjing tea and the Longjing village (Longjingcun). One of them speaks of the Qianlong Emperor visiting this place multiple times during his tours of the Jiangnan region. His favourite spot at this hill village near Hangzhou's West Lake was a southern-style Chinese garden (a.k.a. Jiangnan-style garden) that is now known as the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden (in Chinese: 老龙井御茶园). Visitors won't have trouble finding it as there are signs pointing towards it from the main road that leads up from the city of Hangzhou. Many visitors simply take a taxi from this city to Longjing village but there are also bus connections.

On the premises of this heavily-forested garden at the foot of a terraced hill, visitors will find several traditional Chinese buildings (a restaurant, tea houses and a tiny museum) along narrow winding paths and crisscrossing stone stairways. As you walk up the steps that lead further up the hill, you will reach quiet tea plantations. The entire garden has the feel of a tranquil private hideaway, which makes it very different from the often-crowded gardens in Suzhou, Yangzhou or Nanjing.

After walking up and down the steep hill paths at the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden, try some Chinese cuisine at the on-site restaurant which cooks its dishes with Longjing tea leaves! The garden's outdoor and indoor tea houses are the ideal spot to try some authentic Longjing tea. It is brewed with spring water from the Dragon Well which is also found at the site of the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden. The Dragon Well is located quite close to the entrance area with its giant teapot. There is some dispute whether the tea was named after this specific well. Some people argue that the well gave its name to the entire village which then gave its name to the tea.

Since the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden is located at the rear of the village, visitors might consider making it either the first or last stop during their visit of the Longjing village. Making it the last stop would have the advantage that you could have dinner there. A late visit would also give you the opportunity to take photos under different lighting conditions as it is slowly getting dark. At nightime, the garden is subtly illuminated by carefully placed lighting which gives it the feeling of an enchanted fairyland!

Even though this page focuses on the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden, there are more things to see and do when visiting Longjing village. If you have time, you should absolutely visit Hugong Temple where you will find 18 tea shrubs that were personally designated as "imperial tea" by the Qianlong Emperor. There are several other tea houses, tea gardens, tea shops and a tea museum throughout the village as well. At some of these places you can not only buy/taste Longjing tea but also learn more about it and perhaps even observe how the tea leaves are roasted by hand! Most visitors also spend some time walking along and through the tea plantations which stretch out into all directions. That is especially enjoyable in the spring when you will see tea pickers in traditional garments at work all over the terraced hills. At the top of these hills, you will enjoy formidable views that may reach all the way to the cityscape of Hangzhou.

view of a tea plantation at Longjing village near Hangzhou
view of a tea plantation at Longjing village near Hangzhou

Getting there and nearby Hotels

How to get there?

Longjing Imperial Tea Garden
老龙井御茶园
148 Longjing Road
Longjing Village
Hangzhou, Zhejiang province
China

Telephone Number +86 571 8798 0905
or 571 8796 0843

nearest airport Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH)

nearest railway stations Hangzhou Railway Station, Hangzhou East Railway Station, Hangzhou South Railway Station

public bus stop from the Tiyuchang Lu stop (体育场路) take Bus No. 28 to the Qu Yuan Feng He stop (曲院风荷站), then walk a short distance south to the Yu Quan stop (玉泉站) and take Bus No. 27 from there to the Longjing Cha Shi stop (龙井茶室站), then walk westward to the last fork in the road and turn right

nearby Hotels Hotels

The hotels underneath are listed by their increasing distance from the Longjing Tea Fields:

1. Qiaoyuan Wojia Holiday Hotel
No.162 Longjing Village
0.0 miles away

2. Hangzhou Shanshe Hotel
No.19 Shangman Juelong, Manjuelong Road
0.7 miles away

3. Xizhongxi Holiday Hotel
No. 1-1 Qianlong Road
0.7 miles away

4. Sansu Hotel
No. 129 Qianlong Road
0.7 miles away

5. A Myrica Village
No.134 Qianlong Road
0.7 miles away

6. Shusheng Xunzhenshe Hotel
Building 2 No. 2 Longjing Road
0.8 miles away

7. Landison Longjing Resort
No.86 Lijilongshan, Longjing Road
0.8 miles away

8. Shanhanya Holiday Hotel
No.164 Lower Manjuelong, Manjuelong Road
1.1 miles away

9. May's Resort
No.277 Tianzhu Road
1.2 miles away

10. Amanfayun
22 Fayun Lane, West Lake Street
1.4 miles away

11. Hai Hua Man Long Holiday Resort
No.2 Manjuelong Road
1.4 miles away

12. Mijusishan Boutique Hotel
No. 155 Tianzhu Road
1.4 miles away

13. Zhupinju Holiday Hotel
No.161 Tianzhu Road
1.4 miles away