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Fun Find: Tea and Teapots in Epcot’s China Pavilion

There are few things that I enjoy more than strolling around World Showcase in Epcot. But in addition to taking in the sights and bites from the various pavilions representing each country, I adore poking into the shops to discover what new treasures have been added since my last visit.

Today, we’re meandering back through the China Pavilion to take a look into a shop that few even know exist: The House of Good Fortune.

House of Good Fortune -- Outside View

I could use some good fortune, couldn’t you? Let’s see what we find!

Teas and Candies

One item that I love to hunt for in World Showcase is tea. I’m an avid tea drinker, and it’s always fun to wander around the countries in search of my favorite varieties, or something new to add to my collection.

The tea display offers many different types of tea, all packaged in different ways.

Tea Display

I love these little canisters! They’re pretty — and handy long after the tea you bought is gone.

Canisters of Tea Forte

There’s also a wonderful assortment of more traditional options. Being in here seriously reminds me of my days wandering the Pearl River Mart in New York City! :-)

Foojoy Teas

These boxes would last you a while — they’re more than a pound! They’re much bigger than they appear in the picture.

Boxes of Gunpowder Tea

And if you really love the taste of tea, you can enjoy it in candy form as well. Since I love green tea ice cream, I was all over this!

Tea Candies

Teapots and New Yixing Teapot Collection

If you’re an avid collector of teapots or you’re just looking for an extra special souvenir for your trip, you’ll find a breathtaking assortment to choose from in House of Good Fortune.

Teacups and Tea Sets

Most of the traditional sets that I saw featured teapots with bamboo handles and matching cups. There’s something for every decor.

Tea Set Displays

And how fun is this set! The frolicking pandas are captured noshing on their favorite meal. The beautiful bamboo design and intricate trim really offset the bold pattern. Hard to resist!

Panda Teapot and Cups

There’s also an assortment of teapots featuring various floral motifs.

Floral Teapots

But for a real treasure, be sure to check out the Yixing Teapot Collection.

The artisan teapots are made of beautiful (and non-toxic) purple clay that’s found only in China’s Jiangsu province. Yixing (pronounced yee-shing) teapots are rarely glazed on the outside, and are never glazed on the inside, so the nature clay absorbs the flavors of the tea and seasons over time. For this reason, it’s best to have different pots for your various brews.

Yixing Teapot Background

Many of the teapots boast elaborate designs, but only hold enough for one or two servings.

Yixing Teapot Display

Check out how the cups mimic the shapes and designs of the pots! I think these are so classy!! They have an almost art deco feel to them… .

Yixing Teapots and Sets

Of course, many also feature Buddhist elements in their design.

Buddha Teapots

This set, with delicate orange flowers, was one of my favorites.

Yixing Teapots and Cups with Orange Flower Detail

All in all, spending time perusing the beautiful pots and contemplating the teas was a lovely and peaceful way to spend a few moments away from the crowds and warmer-than-normal holiday temps at Epcot!

Do you have a favorite “getting away from it all” activity in Epcot? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 Comments

  1. will says:

    i own a Yixing set…..its wonderful to look at and use for tea!

  2. Katie says:

    So cool!! I love to get tea in Epcot but I usually only go to the tea store in the UK. They were for a long time the only ones I knew of that sold cold brew tea, my favorite!! I had no idea that china even sold tea I will have to check it out next time I go!!

  3. Kristina says:

    Another stop to add to my visit! Thanks AJ for bringing this little shop to my attention. I don’t think I would have discovered it otherwise ;)

  4. Christine says:

    All of them are so beautiful. Does anyone know how much the panda teapot and cups cost? If they are separate or together as a set? What would you think is a good estimate. Thank you!

  5. Novi says:

    I actually preferred the Kusmi tea from the wine store in France, but my last trip to Epcot, I didn’t see it. Does anyone know if its still there?

  6. Shayne says:

    I’m definitely picking up a Yixing pot during our trip in April. Mother’s Day shopping = done!

  7. Vanessa says:

    Great article! I love reading about the shops in World Showcase as it’s one of my favorite “down time” things to do at Disney. Are there approximate costs for some of the items in here or that anyone might know?

  8. Novi says:

    Does the shop sell the cups a la carte, or do you have to buy the whole set?

  9. Marlene says:

    Christine:
    the Panda tea pot and cup set was either $65 or $45 when we were there a few weeks ago.
    I think it was $45, but if it is $65, did not want to mislead.

  10. Beata says:

    Does anyone know the phone number to the China Epcot store (House of Good Fortune)? I would like to call them and order some items. Or maybe they have an online website? Please help. Thank you!

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