Yuan Zhou Chinese Tea Courtyard (Yuan Zhou Cha Yuan 园洲茶院)

Yuan Zhou Chinese Tea Courtyard (Yuan Zhou Cha Yuan 园洲茶院)

One of the most exotic yet accessible experiences for tourists on all of Kulangsu is a visit to this stunningly restored family mansion, which has been converted into a tea house where you can sample a diverse array of local teas.

Here you can also sit down for formal tea service at one of the wondrously knarled tree trunks-turned-tables in one of the back rooms, or simply browse around the inside and outside of the mansion and its courtyards, and imagine the life of a wealthy local family a century and a half back in time.

Take time to notice the smooth and graceful curves on the arched roofs, typical of the old Minnan architectural style and none other. From certain angles, in certain of the mansion’s many connected courtyards, this architecture is not just harmonious and historic: it is just heartbreakingly beautiful, a shrine to elegant design that speaks across generations, a timeless homage to a lost era of grace and gentility.

Address: 25 Zhonghua Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China