The National Tea Museum, located in Longjing (Dragon Well) Village, not far southwest of West Lake, is the only one of its kind in China. The museum has no external walls, but is enclosed by vegetation. One hundred Chinese characters relating to tea are engraved in the paths.
The museum displays the history and development of tea in China, ranging from the history of tea cultivation to tea customs and the cultural importance of tea. In the Tea Customs Hall, visitors can learn about the importance of tea in the lives of various Chinese minority groups. The Kaleidoscope Hall features more than three hundred kinds of tea and explains the six basic types of tea in China. There are also art performances and opportunities for tea sampling. The museum is also renowned for its research facilities.