Ancient and modern

This is an old tea shop that sells self-processed tea. It was founded by Zhang Wenqing, who started his business by running a tea stall on Huashi Street in 1896 (the 22nd year of Guangxu reign). He opened Zhang Yuyuan Tea Shop in 1900. In 1912 he opened a new shop at Dashilan, which he named Zhang Yiyuan, meaning ‘a new beginning’. In 1925 he started a tea plantation in Fujian to process tea in ways that were suited to Northerners’ taste. Its characteristic small-leafed flower tea was much loved by Beijingers.