The Macao Tea Culture House is in Lou Lim Ioc Garden, on Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida. Opened on 1 June 2005. Occupying 1,076 square metres, it is the first museum in Macao with tea culture as the theme.

China is the cradle and home of tea and tea culture. Tea culture plays an important role in traditional Chinese culture. When it came to modern history, Macao was the earliest window for Chinese tea culture to spread to the western world. It is said that Macao has an indispensable relationship with tea.

Dating from the early 17th century, Macao was the most important entrepot that exported chinese tea to the west. Tea trade was a prominent industry, which played an important role in the history of Chinese tea propagation and trade. Along with tea, Chinese tea culture was disseminated to Europe, the Americas and worldwide, and merged with local customs and habits to form a new global tea culture.

As the gateway to export tea to the world, Macao has an abundance of valuable cultural heritage related to tea, in the form of poems and couplets centred on tea, drawings with tea as the theme, tea restaurants, tea


shops, tea societies, tea houses, tea booths, tea art, and tea customs. There are also tea merchants and tea connoisseurs. All these have added colour to Macao’s small-town culture.

The Macao Tea Culture House building was originally part of Yuyuan, (the present Lou Lim Ioc Garden). The building was later re-designed by renowned architect Carlos Alberto dos Santos Marreiros, based on the original western-style architecture. The new building is in strong Portuguese style, but decorated with a Chinese tile roof, highlighting the east-meets-west character. The building itself features the southern European style and matches up with the other Portuguese architecture nearby. The Chinese horticulture in Lou Lim Ioc Garden together with the Macao Tea Culture House help to illustrate the historical role of Macao as a melting pot of Chinese and western cultures.

Since inauguration, Macao Tea Culture House has staged various short-term and long-term exhibitions, as well as tea culture activities. All these serve to demonstrate Macao’s tea culture and provide insight into Chinese and Western tea anecdote, as well as promote the tea knowledge worldwide and enhance the study of tea culture.

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