Qingping Gallery and Tea House
Is the Qingping tea house still open on Shawmut? I live in Cambridge and make it to that neighborhood rarely. The last few times that I've attempted to visit it looks like it's closed (but still in business) and there are no hours posted on the door. I'd appreciate any information - I've always loved this place when I can actually get in!
I don't know about any government sponsorship; they might just be wealthy dilettantes.
They had discussed getting a beer/wine license with the idea of debuting Chinese wines in the area (which I understand are getting interesting), even went so far as to get neighborhood association approvals for it, but apparently never ended up applying. That's too bad; I would like to check out some Chinese wines sometime. I recall hearing that the new generation of vintners over there is emulating the wineries of Napa Valley.
I live nearby, and it appears to have been closed for a few months now, but not out of business. I've queried them a couple of times via email about an art piece I was interested in, but I've gotten no response. They keep odd hours anyway. I suspect they might be on an extended buying trip in China. It's a very cool place, great serene atmosphere with wonderful, serious tea service when they are open.