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Longjing Imperial Tea Garden

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Opening Hours

8.30am till late
Latest reservation for dinner before 7pm

Entrance Ticket Prices

10 yuan

Teapot in a pond at the Longjing Imperial Tea GardenTeapot in a pond at the Longjing Imperial Tea GardenWhen Chinese people hear the name Longjing, most of them will think of the famous green tea that is cultivated 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 much trouble finding this place, as there are signs pointing towards it from the main road that leads up from the city of Hangzhou. Most visitors simply take a taxi from this city to Longjing village but there are also bus connections.

View at the Longjing Imperial Tea GardenView at the Longjing Imperial Tea GardenOn 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.

Tea fields near Longjing villageTea fields near Longjing villageSince 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!

Come and enjoy some freshly brewed Longjing tea at the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden near Hangzhou!Come and enjoy some freshly brewed Longjing tea at the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden near Hangzhou!

How to get to the Longjing village near Hangzhou's West Lake?

Address: Longjing Imperial Tea Garden (老龙井御茶园), 148 Longjing Road, Longjing Village, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China
Tel.Nr.: +86 571 8798 0905 or 571 8796 0843
Air: Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH)
Train: Hangzhou Railway Station, Hangzhou East Railway Station, Hangzhou South Railway Station
Bus: 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

Nearest 5-Star Hotel to the Longjing Tea Fields near Hangzhou

The hotel that is introduced in detail below is the closest 5-star hotel to the Longjing Tea Fields near Hangzhou. The provided information was thoroughly researched from various hotel booking websites. Chinese History Digest is not responsible if any information regarding the provided services and amenities might have changed.

Amanfayun

view of some of the traditional buildings at the Amanfayun luxury resort near HangzhouThe Amanfayun is a tranquil and luxurious 5-star resort in the shape of a traditional Chinese village that is located close to Hangzhou's famous West Lake. The city center is only about a 20-minute drive away from this uniquely-styled 14-hectare resort that is surrounded by tea fields, natural forests, bamboo groves and even a Buddhist monastery. The Amanfayun's 47 individual stone dwellings with their shaded courtyards as well as the resort's five restaurants and seven spiritual sites are all arranged along stone pathways, making it possible for guests to walk everywhere. In addition to the Longjing Tea Fields which are a mere 1.4 miles away from this resort, other places of interest are within relatively close proximity such as the Lingyin Temple (2.1 miles away) and the Former Residence of Hu Xueyan (4.5 miles). Free parking is available and the hotel can also arrange transportation to and from the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

The dark and romantic guest cottages of the Amanfayun are air-conditioned and equipped with a flatscreen TV, minibar and safe. Out of the resort's 47 traditional stone cottages, 21 are equipped as suites. Free Wi-Fi access is provided in all types of accomodation and breakfast is included in the room rate as well. Laundry service (including dry cleaning) and luggage storage are available. The five restaurants that can be found at this resort are all located alongside Fayun Pathway, the main thoroughfare of this traditional Chinese village. There is also a tea house and a bar on-site. For exercise and relaxation, the Amanfayun has an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center with modern exercise equipment and a Pilates studio, a renowned spa and beauty salon as well as a boutique.

1.4 miles away

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