Chinese Blessings

Tea plants growing in the Fugian Mountains of China

Shang’s Tea House on the first level of the Crown Center shops, Kansas City, Missouri has a simple dining room with wooden tables and backless wooden stools. Some tea houses in China have dining rooms like this, but not all.

Many designs available

Tea varieties are displayed on the right wall as you enter the tea house. Teacups (called Kung Fu cups) and other tea accoutrements are displayed adjacent to the tea.

Strainer rests in lid

Jewelry is displayed for sale on tables in front of the wall of tea.

Hand-painted fabric wall hangings are on the left wall of the tea house beside the dining area. Different subjects are available including: pandas, kittens, bamboo, peonies, etc. Pandas are considered China’s national treasure.

Of the many wall hangings, I liked the paintings depicting horses and plum blossoms best. Horses represent success to the Chinese. The horse is strong so you are wished strong success.

Hand-painted Wall Hanging Plum Blossoms

Plum blossoms bloom in the snow in China. They are considered a blessing. The five petals of each flower represent five blessings:
• Health
• Wealth
• Wisdom
• Prosperity
• Longevity

Can you think of a nicer sentiment to give or receive as a gift? If so, I’d like to know about it. Tell me in the comments below.

Travel Tips:
• Visit Shang’s Tea House on Level 1 of the Crown Center Shops
2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 106 in Kansas City, Missouri. (816) 421-2588
• Hours: Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. No food served on Sunday;
Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
• Dim Sum served Monday—Saturday only, 11:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
• Tea Parties for up to 25 people by reservation only.
At least two weeks advance notice needed.
Interested parties should call ahead for prices and to schedule the event:
(816) 421-2588.
• Parking –
Have your parking ticket validated in the shops before returning to your car.

Thank you, Shang

For more posts about Shang’s Tea House,
check these two previous posts:
October 10,

October 17

What is your favorite blessing? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Until next time . . . Travel Light,

© 2019 SuZan Klassen

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