Green T. House Living
With its heritage spanning over 4,000 years and a plethora of proven health benefits, it’s hardly surprising that musician, designer and tea connoisseur JinR (Zhang Jinjie) chose green tea to be the foundation of her health-centric tea house and spa concept, Green T. House Living. Set over a sprawling 15000sqm Tang dynasty-inspired complex, GTH consists of three cavernous buildings interlinked by courtyards, the most impressive of which is the Bath House Residence, a high-ceilinged minimalist space of dark granite boasting an enormous green tea bath.
The compound is a little outside of Beijing, so make the most of what is on offer and go for the full day experience. Start by sampling the impeccably plated tea-infused takes on Middle Kingdom favourites like the Sichuan-style Curly Chicken laid on a bed of chillies and tea leaves, then enjoy an out-of-this-world 10-handed full body massage, while listening to a live classical music performance (ranging from opera, to bamboo flute, to guqin). A leisurely promenade around the white pebble-laden gardens is also recommended before stopping by the gallery shop for an impressive cache of tea leaves, furniture, artwork and other lifestyle creations by JinR herself. Relax to the max!