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We are Michael and Pinky, a Bangkok-based couple who loves to travel, explore, and go on adventures all over the world. We are always looking for the greatest experiences for adventurers on a budget.

Weird Teapots at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong

Weird Teapots at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a guy who loves his tea. I recently visited a great tea museum in Macau (FREE!), and when I learned that there was also a tea museum in Hong Kong, how could I pass up paying it a visit?

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong, China

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong, China

The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is housed inside an 1840s-era colonial-style mansion that once served as the residence of the British colonial commander in Hong Kong. Now, the historic old mansion houses Hong Kong’s museum dedicated to everything tea.

various types of Chinese tea

various types of Chinese tea

Permanant exhibits on the ground floor of the museum tell about Hong Kong’s important history of tea culture. Exporting Chinese tea to Britain and the rest of the empire was an integral part of Hong Kong’s economy for much of the 18th and 19th centuries, and tea played a huge role in the culture of not only Hong Kong, but England as well. The museum informs visitors about different types of Chinese tea, as well as the culture behind traditional Chinese tea ceremonies.

a traditional Chinese tea ceremony

a traditional Chinese tea ceremony

When we visited in January 2019, the museum was hosting a special exhibit showing the works of local artists and craftsmen who had each created a tea set in their own particular style to represent an issue that was important to the artist. Some of the professional artists had creted really amazing tea sets - some beautiful, and some intentionally ugly to highlight an ugly issue in the world today.

tea sets on display at the Flagstaff Museum

tea sets on display at the Flagstaff Museum

Some of the best (in my opinion) and most evocotive work, however, came from the high school category. The tea pot below, for instance, definitely caught my attention, though I’m not sure I would have much of an appetite to enjoy my tea if it was served from these pots!

Would you drink tea from these unique tea pots?

Would you drink tea from these unique tea pots?

  • The Flagstaff House Museum is located at 10號 Cotton Tree Dr, Central, Hong Kong (near Admiralty MTR station)

  • The museum is open every day except Tuesday from 10:00 - 18:00

  • Admission to the Flagstaff Museum in Hong Kong is free

a giant tea pots sculpture at the museum

a giant tea pots sculpture at the museum

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