100-Year-Old Sichuan Tea House Experience 2023 Spring Jasmine Green Tea



Now you can enjoy the experience of sipping tea amongst old tea heads in a 100-year-old tea house – or as close as possible without springing for airfare.

Guanyin Pavilion Tea House has maintained its charm and retro atmosphere by, well, simply not changing. While this unique environment is what draws tourists from all over China to come and take photos, the tea itself has plenty to offer and is enjoyable in its own right.

This tea is the textbook definition of a daily drinker, as that is literally what it has been for some of the 80, 90 and even 100+ year old customers that have been returning daily for decades now. When speaking with the tea house boss, he indicated that his regulars are quite picky, which is why he hasn’t changed the tea that he offers since taking over in 1995.

The criteria for selecting his Jasmine green tea are to first ensure that the tea is not overly perfumed or fragrant from the Jasmine – a common pitfall for Jasmin greens. The next key aspect is that the quality of the tea is good enough to provide plenty of body and flavour across multiple brews. Lastly, it needs to be affordable, since the owner insists on keeping prices low at 10rmb per gaiwan.

The exact gaiwan (200ml) from the tea house can purchased as well, which we recommend drinking straight from, as is done in Chengdu.

While we can provide the same tea and gaiwan it’s served in, the great lighting and atmosphere is on you.


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8 reviews for 100-Year-Old Sichuan Tea House Experience 2023 Spring Jasmine Green Tea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Lopez (verified owner)

    What a nice experience! The tea aroma is wonderful, and the gaiwan looks beautiful. Thank you so much Bitterleaf for having this available!

  2. 5 out of 5

    sannemo (verified owner)

    As stated, not overly parfumed but a clear, clean distinct fresh flavour of jasmin with a sweet finishing note from the grwen tea. This is not some green tea flavoured but a harmonized pairing of two different plants in one brew, side by side but in agreement.

  3. 5 out of 5

    XuYanling (verified owner)

    The most harmonious matching of fresh jasmine and green tea, sipped right out of the original gaiwan! Traditional, flavourful, aromatic and humble… I could easily picture myself becoming one of those loyal elderly customers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    titleds (verified owner)

    The blend is great, well-balanced aroma and well-structured mouthfeel which is hard to come by in this price range. It is also the spectacular experience to steep and drink directly from the gaiwan. I understand why it is revered and got loyalty from long-time drinkers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bunnyzilla (verified owner)

    A very good tea reminiscent of my travels in Sichuan. The jasmine aroma is incredibly vivid and fresh, and the green tea has beautiful, high-quality leaves. A mnemonic and exciting tea, thank you for bringing it to us.

  6. 5 out of 5

    DonnerJack (verified owner)

    This tea is superb! The Jasmine aroma is incredible, the most authentic and not “perfumey” I’ve ever had. The tea itself is quite robust so flash infusions gives you plenty of body and around 4-5 infusions. It’s really nice to drink this directly from a gaiwan, but don’t let it steep for too long.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Billy Galvez (verified owner)

    You should’ve seen my grandpas eyes when he smelled the tea. Not only de aroma but also de flavor is very good and balanced. Loved it!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Anderson (verified owner)

    Absolutely fantastic! The smell when opening the tin is amazing. The best green jasmine I’ve had, and one I’ll be ordering plenty more of.

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