Tianshan Tea City
If you want to learn about China’s tea heritage, duck into a shop or two and sit down for a chat with the owner. You’ll find a few who speak English, and they’ll be happy to let you sample several varieties while educating you on the nuances of their products.
After you’ve tasted a few, browse some of the shops specializing in traditional Chinese tea sets, which make excellent souvenirs or gifts for friends and family back home. When shopping, keep in mind that tea in China varies widely in price, so ask before you add something to your shopping basket.