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Qingping Gallery and Tea House

cambridgejen Mar 11, 2007 05:52 PM

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!

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: cambridgejen Mar 13, 2007 07:53 AM

    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.

    1. sailormouth RE: cambridgejen Mar 13, 2007 09:35 AM

      They have an odd website. It almost seems "official." Are they one of those cultural exchanges things that some governments do? http://qingping.org/

      I've been by a million times and they're always closed.

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      1. re: sailormouth
        MC Slim JB RE: sailormouth Mar 13, 2007 10:00 AM

        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.

        1. re: MC Slim JB
          cambridgejen RE: MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2007 11:05 AM

          That's very interesting; I remember reading about the wine industry in China in a recent WSJ. I'd love to see them make this happen. For the time being, I'd just like to see them open for a change!

          1. re: MC Slim JB
            limster RE: MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2007 07:59 PM

            Would this be Chinese wines from grapes or the more classical ones from rice or wheat? IIRC, some varieties of the latter are available at places like East Ocean City and Jumbo.

            1. re: limster
              MC Slim JB RE: limster Mar 13, 2007 08:18 PM

              I believe the Chinese wines that Qingping was discussing importing, and that I've read about, are grape based and very much modeled on Western styles.

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