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Tea Street (Maliandao), Beijing

Maliandao Chayecheng
China's insider take:

A Shangri-la for tea lovers, this enormous indoor market has 600-odd shops that seem to sell all the tea in China. Stroll among the stalls and learn about the different leaves—each province has its own specialty, from Anhui's gentle green tea, to Hangzhou's fragrant longjin dragon well, to Yunnan's pu'er tea, which is aged over decades like fine wine. There's little English spoken here, but vendors are eager to offer samples and advice. An array of tea accoutrements is also on offer—everything to make the perfect pot.

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