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.
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.
I love these little canisters! They’re pretty — and handy long after the tea you bought is gone.
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! 🙂
These boxes would last you a while — they’re more than a pound! They’re much bigger than they appear in the picture.
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!
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.
Most of the traditional sets that I saw featured teapots with bamboo handles and matching cups. There’s something for every decor.
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!
There’s also an assortment of teapots featuring various floral motifs.
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.
Many of the teapots boast elaborate designs, but only hold enough for one or two servings.
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… .
Of course, many also feature Buddhist elements in their design.
This set, with delicate orange flowers, was one of my favorites.
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!