Another trip to Maliandao today. There was a lot of traffic, so the cab driver took the longer route, from the south. I’ve never gone in that way before.
He was going to keep driving, but I saw this
Which is ANOTHER tea city, so I told him to stop, and decided to shop there to take a look.
It’s a brand new place, with some stores still doing renovations and not moved in yet. Lots of puerh stores, and the other places mostly sell tieguanyin. I saw a teaware store, and I went in. Bought two things…
I think they are pretty decent gaiwan and cups (two of them). Big cups, good for puerh drinking.
I walked around, but didn’t feel like bothering with the myraid puerh stores. There are SO MANY of them. You almost get numb and don’t end up feeling like going into any one of them. Everybody looks at you eagerly, hoping that you’ll walk in and buy something because business is piss poor. This tea city is really at the end of the Maliandao, quite far from the rest of the stuff, so unless you were going purposefully, you would usually end up at one of the other tea cities up the road.
After buying the teaware, I went north, and went into one of the open air tea cities. I saw this place, called Dr. Chen’s oolong, and went in, because last time when I was at Lao He’s place, he mentioned Dr. Chen as someone who makes decent high fire Taiwan oolongs. I figured I’ll go in and have a taste.
Ended up spending most of my afternoon there, and bought a bit of stuff. It’s more expensive than your run-of-the-mill Maliandao tea, but it’s not bad. The firing is decently done so the tea doesn’t come out sour. There were also a few people who came in to buy stuff while I was there, which is also atypical of Maliandao. It seems like everybody on the street knows them, and they are well respected. I ended up with 100g of their tea.
Which means I still haven’t found my dancong.
I ended up in the tea mall that belongs to the Beijing Central Tea Company, and found a dancong only store. I went in there, but the offering was not what I wanted — mostly low to medium fired stuff, nothing I really liked. I did end up with something, out of courtesy, and also because that tea is VERY WEIRD. More on this tea later, maybe when BBB comes :). It’ll be a surprise.