As dawn breaks in Yangzhou, the streets come alive with the enticing aroma of dim sum and the fragrance of tea, setting the stage for a day in this vibrant city. Beyond just morning tea, it’s a journey into the rich cultural tapestry of Yangzhou.
Renowned as having the best tea houses globally, according to “Yangzhou Huafang Lu,” tea-drinking is an enduring tradition in Yangzhou. The century-old Fuchun Tea House, nestled in an ancient alley, is the preferred spot for locals. Fuchun’s signature tea, Kui Long Zhu, paired with exquisite dim sum like jade shumai and thousand layered oil cakes, is truly heavenly. Last year, Fuchun’s tea-making techniques were recognized as part of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
On the shores of the Slender West Lake, Xingyuan Tea House offers a tranquil space to enjoy tea accompanied by traditional arts and Guzheng performances. The morning tea set, featuring dim sum, shredded dried tofu, nutritious porridge, and pickled vegetables and fruits, complements the serene atmosphere. Capture a photo, savour the flavours, and meander through the park along the Slender West Lake after meal.
In the bustling Renfeng Lane, “Lehuo Yangzhou Cultural Space” serves as a city leisure hub where tea becomes a bridge between hosts and guests. Beyond tourist information, visitors can enjoy tea and flowers while selecting unique cultural gifts like Yangzhou paper cuts, and lacquerware. These treasures encapsulate Yangzhou’s charm, ready to be taken home.