Traditional Tea Ceremony
Experience an authentic Chinese tea ceremony in a classical Chinese garden.
Embark on a journey with our certified tea artist, discovering the differences between western and Chinese teas, which go far beyond name and taste. Savour the delicate fragrances, imagining yourself as an ancient scholar at leisure in their garden-home.
Tea ceremony times
Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday | 11:30am and 1:30pm
(Starting November 1 — 1:30pm only)
Tea ceremony times are subject to change or cancellation. Please call ahead to 604-662-3207 x 200 to plan your visit. Tickets can be purchased at Visitor Services or at the Eight Treasures Shop during your visit to the Garden. Max. 8 participants per time slot. We are not accepting advance reservations at this time.
Tea drinking is an integral part of Chinese culture. As the original birthplace of tea, China is renowned for its tea-making tradition and history, which spans over 4,000 years. Through the Silk Road and other channels of trade, the customs of tea drinking have spread over to Europe and many other regions over the past millennia. Central philosophies of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism are reflected in the traditional Chinese tea ceremony practice.
Private Tea Ceremony
A 1.5 hr and 2.5 hr tea ceremony are also available for private bookings, offering more in-depth explorations of Chinese tea and culture. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, for a minimum of two participants.
1.5 hour ceremony
$72/person | $60 for Annual Pass Holders (tasting two specialty Chinese teas)
2.5 hour ceremony
$95/person | $80 for Annual Pass Holders (tasting three specialty Chinese teas)
Private Tea Ceremony rates include Garden admission, 1.5 or 2.5 hour tea ceremony with a certified tea artist, a traditional Chinese teacup, teacup pouch, and 15% off Garden products in the Eight Treasures Shop.