Maliandao Tea Market
If you're keen on buying moderately priced tea sets and a variety of Chinese teas, this massive indoor market is the place to come. Charming it's not—it can be crowded and the stalls are fluorescent-lit—but hundreds of teas from across China are sold here. Sip malty pu'er
tea from southern Yunnan Province, vegetal longjing
green tea from the fields of Hangzhou, and floral jasmine from Fujian Province. Most shops sell teas in quantities of 100 grams, though you'll get a better price if you buy half a kilo. Although Beijing
is easy enough to navigate on your own, this is one place where, if you don't speak Mandarin, a guide is extremely helpful.