The Culture of Tea

J.L. Erickson Visitors will get a firsthand look at Hong Kong’s tea culture and history as part of Hong Kong’s new tourism attraction Ngong Ping 360, opening later this month. Ngong Ping Tea House will be a premier feature of Ngong Ping 360 and will feature an interactive exhibition detailing “The Stor

By: J.L. Erickson

Visitors will get a firsthand look at Hong Kong’s tea culture and history as part of Hong Kong’s new tourism attraction Ngong Ping 360, opening later this month.
Ngong Ping Tea House will be a premier feature of Ngong Ping 360 and will feature an interactive exhibition detailing “The Story of Tea in Hong Kong,” demonstrations by Tea Masters and tasting of classic Hong Kong tea brews.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Ngong Ping Tea House, visitors will be introduced to the origins of home-grown Hong Kong teas, with samples of the four main varieties to taste Phoenix (Fung Wong) originally grown on Lantau Peak, Meng Shan tea from Pui To Rock at Castle Peak, Shoulder Pole (Daam Gon) tea from Tsing Yi, and Pure Brightness (Ching Ming) herbal tea, once served during the Ching Ming festival.

“Ngong Ping Tea House will be an enlightening experience detailing the history of Hong Kong’s love of tea,” said Bill Calderwood, managing director of Ngong Ping 360.

The exhibition tracks tea as an integral part of Hong Kong culture, from its humble beginnings in street food-stalls in Sai Ying Pun and Wellington Street in the 1940s, to famous Guangzhou tea-houses and now to new-generation tea houses that have diversified with modern restaurants and bakeries.

The exhibition will also chart the development of dim sum, which was originally limited to buns and dumplings, along with the health aspects and unique flavors of tea.

In addition to the tea house, the Ngong Ping 360 attraction will include a cable car journey, shopping and dining options and a cultural themed village the Ngong Ping Village where the Ngong Ping Tea House is located with themed activities including Walking with Buddha and Monkey’s Tale Theatre.

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