The Tranquil Tea Garden
Get front-row seats to an elaborate national ritual, the Gongfu tea ceremony, at the hotel’s 6th floor atrium garden
. Flanked by a pair of cages filled with songbirds (a longstanding tradition that can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty), the intimate courtyard also offers the best views of the property’s most awe-inspiring art installation: 400 stainless steel butterflies, created by Australian artist Jayne Dyer, who took cues from an ancient Chinese fairytale. Choose from over 30 varieties of tea blends, including rarities like Dragon Well, a pan-roasted green sourced from Hangzhou, and an especially fragrant first-harvest Oolong, plucked from the Fujian mountains.