Fangcun Tea Market in Guangzhou

We took our holiday guests to Guangzhou’s Fangcun Tea Market for a little adventure and shopping.  Sometimes when you hear the word “market” here it conjures up an image of crowded spaces with too much stuff and or people, general chaos and overstimulation.

I had heard from reliable sources that the tea market isn’t that way. And, sure enough we arrived there on a brisk day, we were just about the only customers in the few blocks that made up the market.

We wandered through shops of teapots, loose tea, tea accessories (like trays, tools, and good luck clay animals) and expensive tea sets.  It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon –  the highlight was being served tea by Chinese shopkeepers.

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Rows upon rows of tea pots – in all price ranges – from $5 US to $500US! There were also many sets with the tea pots and matching cups.

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It’s almost open air at the Guanzhou Fangcun Tea Market. The thing that looks like a central sidewalk is actually a road for bikes and mopeds. :)

bags of tea by the kilo

Buy tea by the kilo!

These look like gold coins but they are actually pressed tea into a round shape and wrapped in gold foil. Nice little gift!

These look like gold coins but they are actually pressed tea into a round shape and wrapped in gold foil. Nice little gift!

There were about 100 boutiques at the Fangcun Tea Market.  Here, we bought 1/2 and 1/4 kilos of tea.

There were about 100 boutiques at the Fangcun Tea Market. Here, we bought 1/2 and 1/4 kilos of tea.

The fancier tea comes in wheels, wrapped in paper.  Some of these wheels are 100+ years old.  Chinese locals buy them during special occasions as an emotional or financial investment. For example, you might buy a wheel at the birth of your child and then drink it at their wedding.

The fancier tea comes in wheels, wrapped in paper. Some of these wheels are 100+ years old. Chinese locals buy them during special occasions as an emotional or financial investment. For example, you might buy a wheel at the birth of your child and then drink it at their wedding.

A shopkeeper invited us in to taste tea before we bought! It was awesome to be part of the local culture.

A shopkeeper invited us in to taste tea before we bought! It was awesome to be part of the local culture.

This lovely lady allowed us to sample more than half a dozen varieties.

This lovely lady allowed us to sample more than half a dozen varieties.

The lavender flower buds await the hot water....yep, they make a special kind of tea!

The lavender flower buds await the hot water….yep, they make a special kind of tea!

There they are, waiting to open up with time and hot water.

There they are, waiting to open up with time and hot water.

I took a picture of the shop where the ladies were so welcoming and helpful so I can go back there again!

I took a picture of the shop where the ladies were so welcoming and helpful so I can go back there again!

Love the tea tower!

Love the tea tower!

Snack cart lady - selling kumquats.

Snack cart lady – selling kumquats.

About 

Currently, I’m globetrotting with my family as my husband is a Vice Consul with the United States Foreign Service.

Our first post was Recife, PE, Brazil, and we arrived in August 2010. Upon arrival, our daughter had just turned four and our superbaby son had just turned three months.

During the summer of 2013, our family of four moved to Guangzhou, China, for a two-year post. Our daughter is seven and our son is three.

7 thoughts on “Fangcun Tea Market in Guangzhou

  1. Asad Ahmed

    Really appreciate the detailed information along with the photographs. It must be a great experience for the family, especially the kids. Experience of a lifetime.

  2. admin Post author

    I wish you could have been there for the tasting session! It was very interesting and super yummy. Happy New Year to you!

  3. Rhonwyn Vaudrey

    Did you go here using the metro? Would Fangcun or Jiaokou be better to get there?

    I’m living in HK, and go to GZ quite often. Fangcun tea market is definitely on my list for my next trip!

  4. admin Post author

    I think it’s closer to the Fangcun station, and really there are tea markets on both sides of the road – I cannot tell you for sure because we drove there both times we have been. Good luck!

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