Historic tea shop in Taipei reopens

An 80-year-old tea shop in Taipei City's Datong District, which was designated a historic site by the city government in 2009, was reopened Tuesday with a new look.

Shin Hong Choon Tea Shop, which was established in 1934 by a private company, has been under renovation for the past four years and the building now houses the tea house, a tea factory, a warehouse and a residential unit for its original owner, according to Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun (???).

Spread over 1,322 square meters in the historic Dadaocheng area on Minsheng West Road, the property was once the biggest tea factory and store in Taipei and was owned by Shin Hong Choon Tea Company Ltd.

It was designated in 2009 by the city government as a heritage site and an NT$80 million (US$2.55 million) renovation project that was funded by private investment got under way four years ago.

The reopening of the establishment is symbolic of the city government's efforts to preserve cultural heritage, Chen said at a press conference at which the owner Wang Kuo-chung (???) presented the ownership certificate to the city government.

The reopening of the heritage site was held in tandem with an exhibition in the building of some 3,000 antique items, including tea tables and other wooden furniture.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel